TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Brookshire Grocery Co. will be giving away free cases of water in Tyler to those without water starting at 1 p.m. on Feb. 20.
Brookshire’s will be giving away water while supplies last at:
- 3828 Troup Highway
- 113 N. Northwest Loop 323
“We know that there’s a water issue in the Tyler area and that they’re trying to get that resolved as quickly as possible,” Keith Ridgeway, District Vice President of Super 1 Foods. “We’re handling out a case of water for each family that comes through.”
According to Ridgeway, the company said they planned on doing a drive on Sunday, saying the company will help the community as long as there is a need.
Other places that plan on giving away water include:
- Reveal Church Storehouse will be giving away free bottled water and food care packages from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. while supplies last at 202 N Parkdale Dr. Tyler, Texas 75702
- The city of Kilgore at 747 U.S. Highway 259 Business from 10 a.m.
- The entrance will by off of US 259 Business between the pharmacy window and the fuel station. Cars will exit onto State Highway 42
- The city of Marshall will host a bottled water distribution beginning at 12 p.m.
- The distribution will be held in the large parking lot of the former Good Shepherd Life Center at 612 S. Grove Street across from the Main Fire Station.
- One case per family at a home address will be given and residents will need to show a copy of their Texas Driver’s license or a City of Marshall water bill.
- In Nacogdoches County, bottled water is available for distribution at local volunteer fire departments:
- Cushing VFD
- Douglas VFD
- Etoile VFD
- Garrison VFD or Garrison Square
- Lake Nac VFD
- Sta 1 Lilbert Looneyville VFD
- Loco Valley VFD
- Martinsville VFD
- Melrose VFD
- Melrose Water supply
- Sacul VFD
- Wooden VFD
- City of Whitehouse, will be giving away water cases at the Whitehouse Fire Department at 303 E. Main.
In an interview with KETK Thursday night, clean water activist and environmental advocate Erin Brockovich addressed the current water situation in Texas.
A historic winter storm brought freezing temperatures across the state, leaving thousands without power or water. With so many now on a boil water advisory, she says this is a widespread failure.
“Now you’re looking at a state that practically has no water with 13 million people under a boil water notice,” Brockovich said. “It’s complete state mismanagement.”
725 Texas water systems have issued boil water notices, affecting 13 million Texans, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.