Stores and homes restocking water

Posted at 11:12 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 13:38:44-04

Thousands of Erie County residents are appreciating water more than ever, after being told they have to boil water or use bottles of water the next couple of days because of Wednesday's water break.

"It's just amazing," said Miranda Bosse, after stocking up on two cases of water bottles. "You can see how much it really affects people's lives... whether its drinking purified water or taking a clean shower or doing the dishes."

Some precautions residents have been taking include:

"Not to brush our teeth, not to give the dog water," said Karen Burke, mother of three. "When you're taking a shower, not to get it in your mouth or eyes."

Residents have been stocking up on gallons and bottles of water.

"You can see how crazy it is in the stores," said Bosse. "So many people are trying to stock up because we don't know how long it's going to last."

Wegmans stores have been quick to respond to the high demand of water. Nine tractor trailers were working hard to re-stock empty store shelves.

"We have six stores that are in the affected areas of the water boil advisory so those stores in particular are seeing a decrease in supply of water," said Michele Mehaffy, Buffalo Wegmans Consumer Affairs Manager. "We've actually ben able to stock many of those stores."

As they continued to stock them throughout Thursday afternoon, they asked customers to temporarily limit their purchases to two cases or gallons of water.

"Because of the demand, we've put a short term limit on the number of cases that customers are able to buy," said Mehaffy. "But hopefully by tonight that will be lifted because of our stock from Rochester."