With many broken pipe houses and empty shelves across town, some Houstonians today have no water to drink or give to pets. For them, boiling water, as currently run by Houston and Harris Counties, isn’t even an option because it doesn’t exist.
In situations of scarcity, it is important to think outside the box. Most people automatically search grocery stores and department stores like Walmart and Target, but there are many other types of retailers that stock water. Here are some to consider:
- International Markets
- Office supply stores
- Convenience stores / petrol stations
- Dollar stores
- Hardware shops
- Liquor stores
While there are no guarantees, some of our readers shared with us over the past week that they found water at these types of retailers while grocery store shelves were completely obliterated.
When is more water coming to Houston?
So far we have contacted a spokesperson for Mayor Sylvester Turner, Judge Lina Hidalgos Office and the FEMA newsroom for the area – and have received no replies as to how and where Houston residents can get water. National and regional retailers we contacted either did not respond to our inquiries or refused to provide specific, useful information. “Management has no comment at this point,” replied a representative from Cost co.
According to KHOU Channel 11, “HEB is doing its best to get more products on the shelves and Kroger says they have 200,000 pallets of water en route to our area.”
If you are currently asking for water in a restaurant, it can be boiled according to current health department requirements. Wholesale suppliers typically supply restaurants with produce and it is still a question of when to replenish bottled water. Restaurants are currently not in the foreground either. “We’d love to support and order products, but we need to take care of our healthcare customers first,” wrote Nathan Adams, a specialist in customer development with Gordon Foodservice. “I’m not sure when the product will get here because the suppliers are not responding.” Shannon Mutschler with Sysco food said the company has “no list of restaurants” [customers] or other places that are open and that also have water. “
If you know where people can buy drinking water or get a free distribution, please email us. Also, a helpful tip: if you find ice cream in bags, melt it and you will have water. Thanks to reader Liah Crumbley for the tip. Yes, the water that forms after melting may have tiny white spots, but it’s probably just harmless calcium carbonate.
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