Some Highland Park residents are concerned they won't get a water filter because of short hours

Posted at 10:17 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 12:05:52-04

HIGHLAND PARK (MICH.) WXYZ — As Highland Park city officials continue to hand out water filters to residents, some say the hours to pick up those filters are inconvenient, especially with people who work out of town or are far away. Some people like Deanna Morton are concerned especially after the Flint water crisis.

"What about me," Morton said. "How am I supposed to get mine?"

She says since Highland Park city officials told residents to flush out their water lines because of high lead levels, she hasn’t been taking any chances.

"I’m doing what I’m supposed to do to make sure my family is safe and for things to not happen they way they did in Flint," Morton said.

She and a handful of Highland Park residents say they’re scared they won’t be able to get their hands on a water filter the city is handing out.

"I don’t appreciate it whatsoever," said Lorraine Colts after finding out they stopped handing out water at 2 p.m.

"It will go tomorrow from 10 to 2, and Monday through Friday at 10 to 2 next week, while supplies last," Marli Blackman, of Highland Park said.

"I mean it’s the same way if you go voting that convenient for people that work evening nights or whatever, from start to end for this you announce that this is something that you need so you should have the hours the same way," colts said.

Earlier this week, Highland Park city officials told residents after doing several water tests they found high lead levels, higher than action level in nine homes.

"I’m like oh my goodness, is that what we’re getting ready to go into a flint? And I don’t need that," Colts said.

People are concerned. They don’t want another Flint crisis to happen here in Highland Park. City officials are doing everything they can to protect their residents.

"Where are the promises that they’re giving people that we’re going to be safe, because these detectors are going to make us safe," Morton said. "We’re going to be able to find out how much lead is in the water, but you can’t do it if you don’t have the things to work with to see if the lead is in your water."