Distribution sites have been set up to help residents in north Fort Worth who have been impacted by the boil water notice or are experiencing water shutoffs.
City officials announced four Fort Worth fire stations were open to distribute water:
- Station 9, 2575 Polaris Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76137
- Station 31, 4209 Longstraw Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76137
- Station 38, 13280 Park Vista Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76248
- Station 41, 11400 Willow Springs Road, Haslet, TX 76052
- Trinity Springs Middle School (Keller ISD), 3350 Keller Hicks Road, Fort Worth, TX 76244
- Sendera Ranch Elementary School, 1216 Diamondback Lane, Haslet, TX 76052
- Comanche Springs Elementary School, 8063 Comanche Springs Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76131
- Willow Creek Elementary, 1100 W. McLeroy Blvd., Saginaw, TX 76179
- RD Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76116 (starts Friday)
- Western Hills High School, 3600 Boston Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76116
- Birchman Baptist Church, 9100 North Normandale St., Fort Worth, TX 76116 (starts Friday)
Distributions at all sites will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
In addition to the city-operated sites, the following breweries are offering water. Residents need to bring their own containers;
- CowTown Brewery, 1301 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
- Panther Island Brewing, 501 N. Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76164
- Hop Fusion Ale Works, 200 E Broadway Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
- Wild Acre Brewing, 1734 E El Paso St #190, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Natural Grocers is also providing free, filtered water to anyone that is affected by the storm. Those who are in need of clean water can stop by any Natural Grocers and fill up five gallons for free using the stores' reverse osmosis water filtration machines.
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Shortly after the announcement was made, Station 31 served several people who were in need of water. Brian Heffner of Fort Worth told NBC 5, trying to find bottled water has been near impossible.
“I went to Kroger, more than one Walmart. Every time I went it was either gone or literally I get there and one was being loaded into a cart. Last couple of days, it’s been real tough,” Heffner said.
Aaron Marsters is among those in Fort Worth who currently have no water.
“This means me, my two-year-old daughter, my wife can just survive tonight,” Marsters said. “We’re really excited.”
In an interview with NBC 5, a spokesperson for the city’s water department said the recent power outages affected their treatment facilities, which is why a boil water notice is in effect for more than 200,000 residents in north Fort Worth. Outages have also impacted their ability to push water into the distribution system, which is why some parts of the city have no water.
The public is advised to call 817-392-1234 for additional water distribution locations.
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, Fort Worth will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption.