Published: June 26, 2015

    Anheuser-Busch “Brews” Water for Flood Victims

    Floods leave communities decimated by causing everything from structural damage to septic problems. While it may seem counterintuitive, they also create potable water shortages for residents and emergency workers. In a striking example of corporate responsibility, an Anheuser-Busch brewery recently came to the aid of flooded communities by producing water instead of beer.

    50,000 Cans

    Based in Cartersville, GA, the Anheuser-Busch brewery is a 900,000-square-foot facility, which ships approximately 250 truckloads of beer every single day. When communities in Texas and Oklahoma suffered catastrophic flood damage in May, however, the facility shifted its priorities, dedicating its production line to running emergency drinking water instead of beer.

    According to a company news release, Anheuser-Busch planned to deliver 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water to residents and aid workers. That amounts to about 50,000 cans, which are sorely needed in places where raging floods have left municipal water supplies undrinkable.

    An Essential Necessity

    We all understand the importance of clean drinking water; however, few realize just how difficult it is to come by after a natural disaster. When floods, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes occur, homes often find themselves with polluted water or no water at all. For this reason, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that every household store at least a three-day supply of water per person in case an emergency leaves them high and dry.

    That said, it’s not always so easy for emergency workers to stay hydrated when they’re coming to the aid of others. For this reason, Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville brewery has partnered with the American Red Cross to deliver water to places in need within the United States.

    Since 1988, the company has donated about 73 million cans of emergency drinking water to American communities affected by natural and other disasters. This sort of corporate responsibility is critical for disaster relief and recovery, especially when government resources and capabilities are stretched too thin.