Update on Water Distribution by Burton Fire Department
In continuing efforts to assist our residents affected by the Flint water crisis, the City of Burton Fire Department will deliver bottled water every Saturday between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. If you are not home, we cannot leave the water unless you have secured a note on your front door with instructions to leave it. Being winter, the water may freeze. The City of Burton assumes no responsibility for leaving water on your porch, if it freezes, is damaged, or stolen.
If you are an affected Burton business or resident you may pick up water at Burton Fire Station #1 every Saturday between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Station #1 is located at 2031 E. Bristol Rd., just east of S. Saginaw St. You may also pick up water test kits, water filters, replacement filters, and trash bags for recycling the bottles at this same time.
While there have been several news reports indicating funding for the City of Flint to repair water lines, service leads, water filters, test kits, etc., please know that any federal or state funding being allocated to address the problem of those affected by the Flint Water Crisis includes affected Burton residents. There has been a lot of talk about funding being made available to help remediate this water crisis, but to this date there has been no process put in place for communities to receive such funding.
What we do know is that until further notice, bottled water, water filters, replacement filters, water test kits, and recycling bags are available to all affected Burton residents through Burton Fire Station #1 and several designated sites throughout the City of Flint and Genesee County. PLEASE continue to utilize these resources and continue to have your water tested.
Another issue we are seeing is the scammers going door to door selling water filters, test kits, and bottled water. They are particularly targeting senior citizens and vulnerable adults. Please look out for each other and report these activities by calling 911.
Finally, please be aware that efforts are in process to disconnect service from the Flint water infrastructure and connect to the City of Burton infrastructure. This is going to be a process that will include investigation and evaluation of the current system and the best ways to proceed, repair, extend, or replace watermain. Much of the field work will not be able to begin until the weather is stable. As for private service lines, there is a need to determine if they are lead, copper, pvc, etc. in order to prioritize any action plan that may qualify private property owners for any of the remediation funding that might be made available.
Should you have any question, please feel free to call Mayor Zelenko's office at (810) 743-1500 ext 1102 or contact the Fire Department (810) 742-2158.