TVA helps families struggling with MLGW water crisis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As MLGW struggles with its water supply, the company that hopes to keep providing power to the utility gave something else to Memphis Monday.

TVA donated more than 80,000 bottles of water to help families struggling with the city’s water crisis after last week’s winter weather.

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That water will go to several groups to get out to the community.

TVA plans to have those cases of water distributed across the city of Memphis, places like downtown, even communities like Orange Mound, Arlington and Germantown.

In the next 24 to 48 hours, TVA is getting another shipment of water in, that’s not including the 80,000 bottles it donated Monday.

Those 80,000 bottles will be distributed to community partners, who will make sure the water gets in the hands of those with little or no access to water.

A truck is dropping off the cases to nearly 10 sites throughout the community.

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People can get that water in the coming days.

One man told said he hasn’t had water at his home in Midtown in five days, so people are happy to see folks in the community paying it forward.

“It comes down to a people-generated effort, and there’s so many others,” said Mark Yates; TVA Regional Vice President.

“This is important. 80,000 bottles of water is no easy undertaking to have moved in 72 hours.”

“It means that the community tends to care about the people. I am grateful for that,” said Memphis resident Beverly Smith.

Drivers started in Alabama and drove overnight, then picked up the water in Nashville and made it to Memphis by 9 a.m. Saturday after driving through the ice and snow.