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Beer Maker Sends 15,000 Gallons Of Drinking Water To Flood Victims

Brewer Anheuser-Busch is doing its part to alleviate the suffering in South Texas and Louisiana, shipping 155,000 cans of drinking water to victims of Hurricane Harvey, NBC’s Today reports.

The company, known mostly for Budweiser beer, shifted production at its Cartersville, Georgia, brewery from beer to water in order to send the nearly 15,000 gallons of drinking water to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Arlington, Texas.

“Since 1988 we have donated an excess of 76 million cans of clean drinking water,” said the company’s vice president of community affairs, Bill Bradley.

“Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations,” said the company in a press release Monday.

Just over a year ago, Anheuser-Busch sent a quarter-million cans of water to Baton Rouge to assist in relief efforts there after historic floods damaged more than 40,000 homes throughout southern Louisiana.

The liquid relief effort is part of a program in which the beer maker partners with the American Red Cross to coordinate A-B’s alcoholic beverage distribution network to bring water to devastated areas quickly.

Clean drinking water is often in short supply after a natural disaster such as a hurricane.

Flood water can contaminate drinking water, and wells can be temporarily off-limits during catastrophes. Toxins, chemicals, septic leakage and sewage contaminate the drinking water supply for days or weeks after a tropical storm or hurricane causes flooding.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told CNBC on Monday there have been 500 complaints about price-gouging, with some retailers asking $99 for a case of drinking water.

“These are things you can’t do in Texas,” Paxton said. “There are significant penalties if you price-gouge in a crisis like this.”

According to Anheuser-Busch, production of beer and other beverages is paused throughout the year to can drinking water. Truckloads of drinking water were delivered to firefighters and victims of California wildfires in 2015 and 2016.

“Stay safe everyone,” said a Tuesday morning tweet from the beer giant touting the emergency relief effort.

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source: Western Journalism

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