Residents are given ‘peace of mind’ in water filter giveaway - WNEM TV 5

Residents are given ‘peace of mind’ in water filter giveaway

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"I called my sister and said, "you need to get down here and get a filter'," said Pamela McDaniel.

Dozens of Flint residents, like McDaniel, are smiling as they walked out of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offices in downtown Flint with a free water filter in hand.

"I feel wonderful. I feel terrific because I’ve been really scared to drink the water," McDaniel said.

Thanks to funds from the DHS and the Flint Housing Commission, 1,800 filters are being given away.

Holly Londy came to get one for her home too.

"For my child. I want to make sure she's safe and not drinking... lead," Londy said.

She said the filter will provide a little peace of mind.

It's designed to make the water healthier by removing chemicals like lead, which tests show have been found in water being pumped through aging pipes to some homes in the city.

Most flint residents said they started noticing problems with their water when the city stopped getting it from Detroit and started getting it from the Flint River.

They said the filters will provide a temporary fix. But, going back to Detroit will be a more permanent solution.

"I just wish we'd go back to the Detroit water. Then next year when we go to Lake Huron that will be good. But the Flint water, we definitely need to do something new with it," said resident Chad Macauley.

City officials said they've asked the state for financial assistance to cover the cost of switching back to Detroit water until the new KWA pipeline is complete.

Many residents said a free water filter is better than nothing.

"I can drink my water. It saved me a lot of money. I’ve been buying bottled water. Now I can drink my water," McDaniel said.

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