Anheuser-Busch, the beer maker has switched to water, well one of the breweries for the beer maker has, and is producing drinking water in cans to be sent to the disaster areas where Hurricane Harvey hit over the weekend.
The Cartersville, Georgia AB brewery is working to meet the needs of the victims of the hurricane that stalled over land and caused widespread, extreme, deadly flooding.
Clean drinking water is surely in short supply in the area of Houston, Texas and its surroundings as the flood waters from the hurricane, which dumped over two feet of water in some area, begin to slowly recede.
The first shipment of cans by the brewery was 50,000, but Anheuser-Busch said that the total sent thus far has been more than 155,000 cans to help the communities in the flood-damaged areas.
A spokesperson for the brewery said that it periodically will pause the production at its brewery in Cartersville, Georgia to produce the emergency cans of water in order to be prepared for helping communities in the U.S. when a crisis hits.
The deadly storm flooded several areas in coastal and southern Texas after stalling and left a huge swath of destruction in its wake.
It has been estimated that in some areas electricity will be out for as many as four weeks and in the town of Aransas Pass, Texas the only water tower was destroyed.
Anheuser-Busch’s enormous Cartersville brewery is unique amongst other similar facilities in that it has the capacity to switch its production gears and package drinking water instead of beer. This comes in handy when there is a need for clean, safe drinking water due to disasters that are unforeseen.
According to a local television station an area Red Cross is scheduled to receive the latest shipment of water and then will help to distribute it to those in the area who are without safe drinking water.
After the first shipment of 50,000 cans was packaged this past Sunday, the water was transported 500 miles from Georgia to Baton Rouge to be distributed.
Previous natural disasters that the Cartersville brewery helped victims with its drinking water included Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Matthew said the brewery spokesperson.
The facility also has sent emergency drinking water to firefighters that have been fighting wildfires of late in the Pacific Northwest.