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Flint "water fair" will try to help people get water flowing through their taps again

Feb 5, 2015

These days, many people in Flint choose not to drink the city’s water. 

Many others have no choice. They cannot afford to pay their water bills. 

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

During the last few years, Flint water rates have soared, as city officials have struggled to maintain its aging water system. 

On Friday, city officials and local charities are coming together for what they’re calling a “water fair.” The city of Flint is partnering with Catholic Charities, the United Way of Genesee County, the Salvation Army, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, and Home Depot. 

A water fair is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Catholic Charities Center for Hope at 517 E. 5th Avenue in Flint. 

Mayor Dayne Walling says the event will give people a chance to get the water flowing through their taps again.

“They’ll be able to work with city of Flint staff to understand where exactly their bill is … and how they can get on a payment plan, if they are eligible for that,” says Walling.