Bottled Water Companies Keep Boston Area Consumers Hydrated During Boil Alert

IBWA members deliver hundreds of special orders of bottled water

International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) members responded to a municipal water system crisis in Boston affecting 2 million people by providing clean, safe drinking water after a broken water pipe left the city and suburbs without clean tap water. IBWA members delivered hundreds of special orders of bottled water to various schools, hospitals, the National Guard, and communities such as Arlington, Lexington, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Saugus, Waltham and Winthrop. Although final delivery figures are still being determined, over 40 truckloads--or more than 1.4 million bottles of water--were provided. The IBWA member bottled water companies involved include Belmont Springs, DS Waters Hinckley Springs, Ice River Springs, Nestle Waters North America and Polar Beverages.

Speaking on behalf of the Office of the Governor, Mary Beth Heffernan, Secretary of Public Safety, issued the following statement: “I commend the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Mayor Menino and other local officials, National Guard, MassDOT, the Teamsters and private vendors for their response to this water crisis and mobilizing to deliver bottled water when it was most needed.”

“In many cases, IBWA members worked around-the-clock shifts to meet the surge in demand from the Boston area and coordinate complicated delivery logistics,” said Joe Doss, president and CEO of IBWA. “Our members worked throughout the weekend to get deliveries to area hospitals. In one case, the National Guard went directly to a member’s warehouse and picked-up 11 truckloads of bottled water.”

One IBWA member partnered with the United Postal Service and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley to donate nearly 8,000 bottles of drinking water to more than 300 homeless families in Allston Brighton, Back Bay, Brookline, Malden, Quincy and Waltham.

“Hundreds of homeless families have neither the transportation to get to the regional free [drinking water] distribution points nor the money to purchase bottled water on their own,” said Michael K. Durkin, United Way president and CEO.


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