AUSTIN (KXAN) – A spontaneous grassroots effort driven by volunteers and nonprofits in the Central Texas area has delivered more than 100,000 gallons of water to people in need in the past week and a half.
Austinneedswater.com was founded by several local organizations who have pooled resources to raise funds and deliver to those without running water. A live submission portal has also been set up so that people can share their exact locations and needs so organizers can identify and strategize the most effective way to provide the resources they need.
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On Sunday, Austin Needs Water was distributing more than 20 pallets of water at the temporary headquarters in the Long Center, which is roughly 10,000 water bottles an hour.
“I have never seen nearly so many highly dedicated, extremely talented, and resourceful volunteers pool all of their resources and efforts under one operation to deliver crisis relief. In all honesty, it was a humbling experience, ”said Romteen Farasat, the Austin Needs Water incident commander.
The group says they are having in-session talks with Austin city emergency officers to expedite efforts. Massive tanks, which are most commonly used to store food, are repurposed and placed outside of standing apartment complexes to provide residents with fresh water.
Alexis Garcia said she and her six-year-old hadn’t had running water in a week and a half. She was grateful that the water tanks and bottled water supplies were supplied to her complex to meet her basic human needs.
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“Even if we are not rich, we are still people, we still have value,” said Garcia. “We have to help each other as best we can.”
If you don’t have running water, you can visit austinneedswater.com. You can create an updated case and the leadership will consolidate the cases to efficiently provision resources.
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