A Savannah mother of two plans to distribute water to people in her community who cannot afford to pay their water bills.
Jan Thompson said she was devastated to hear so many families in her area say they are going without running water and she wanted to find some way to help.
Ms. Thompson has teamed up with Flowers Bottled Water and Flowers Block, which will donate 5-gallon bottles of water and bulk water deliveries to help families who cannot afford to pay their water bills.
Ms. Thompson would not disclose how many families had requested assistance but said it was a significant number. She said she hoped more businesses, community groups and churches would jump on board also.
“Children cannot function without water and lights [electricity]. Our kids need to be cool, calm and collected,” Ms. Thompson said. “Water is very precious and everybody needs it. It’s not a privilege, and summer is just around the corner.”
The Water Authority did not respond to requests for comment by press time Wednesday.
Ms. Thompson said she would hand out water each Saturday for a month but wants a more permanent solution to the problem.
“I’m asking that we look into getting some sort of community water supply in the Cayman Islands,” she said. “We need to have a water backup here. We should have water for those people who cannot afford it.”
Families in need can seek assistance from the Department of Child and Family Services to help pay water and electricity bills. The department helped pay utility bills for 481 families in 2012/13, compared to 609 families in 2011 and 341 in 2010.
Flowers Group company director Dara Flowers Burke said the company is committed to working with Ms. Thompson to help provide water to those going without.
Water will be donated to those families most in need and to those residents who are not mobile.
People who need water can place an order with Ms. Thompson before 2 p.m. Thursday. Water can be collected from Spotts Dock in Savannah between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. each Saturday.
To place an order or to offer support to the project, phone 928-0995.