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Flint Mayor: Four water resource sites to remain open indefinitely

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Four water resource sites in Flint will be kept open indefinitely in a deal cut with city of Flint and state of Michigan officials.

The resource sites in Wards 1, 4, 6, and 9 will remain open.

Currently there are nine locations where Flint residents can go to get bottled water and other aid as they deal with the water crisis. Five of them will start closing next month.

A settlement reached earlier this year gave officials the ability to close all the locations once water quality standards tested below action levels for two, six-month periods.

Tests show the city of Flint water system has now tested below lead and copper action levels for that amount of time, with results at seven parts per billion.

Seven water location sites will remain open until Sept. 5, and at that point, the number will be reduced to four.

"We gotta drink water. If they take it away from us, the free stuff, then we just have to buy it," said Mansel Pointer, resident.

That's something he doesn't want to do. He said he picks up four cases of water once a week on his lunch break.

The St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church distribution site is slated to close by Aug. 11.

"I wish it would end so we could really feel safe," Pointer said. "I just don't, right now, I don't know if I'll ever feel OK about the water," Pointer said.

Residents are still being urged to use filters as pipe replacement continues throughout the city.

As of this week, crews have replaced more than 2,520 pipes since the Fast Start program began, according to Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.

You can find addresses for the water resources sites by clicking here.

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