Largest Trucking Group Launches Effort to Get Water to Texas Amid Widespread Shortages
Austin, TX – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is organizing an effort to help get much needed water supplies to Texas amid a widespread shortage.
In the wake of last week’s historic winter storm, Texas state officials are warning of critically low water supplies.
At a press briefing on Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott stressed the urgent need to restore water for millions of Texans and announced waivers to cut red tape to accelerate the process.
In response to this emergency, the ATA is deploying its “Share The Road” and “Workforce Heroes” trucks loaded with bottles of water to the Lonestar State this weekend.
Trucking’s largest association says its America’s Road Team truck will also be heading to Texas to deliver more water supplies in the coming days.
TX needs our help! W/ many still w/out power & water, we’re asking our trucking fam to keep all those affected in your prayers – but also to help us coordinate relief efforts through $ donations, relief supplies or donated transpo. https://t.co/Z9IHpGxCb1 #Water4Texas pic.twitter.com/4GO8CxNu1a
— American Trucking (@TRUCKINGdotORG) February 19, 2021
In a message on social media to members and industry stakeholders, ATA said, “TX needs our help! W/ many still w/out power & water, we’re asking our trucking fam to keep all those affected in your prayers – but also to help us coordinate relief efforts through $ donations, relief supplies or donated transpo.”
The Texas Trucking Association and the Southwest Movers Association are also assisting in the water drive.
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The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is also continuing to deliver bottled water to communities facing water shortages or water quality issues.
So far, over 1.7 million bottles of water have been delivered to communities across the state.
Meanwhile, The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has set up a phone bank for local water utilities who are unable to get water testing at their contracted labs.
This phone bank will connect local facilities with another lab that can test their water quickly, the Governor’s office said on Friday.
TCEQ has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to also stand up three mobile water testing labs.
In addition, the state is partnering with local river authorities to use their water labs to assist locals with bacteria sampling.
Texas has also partnered with the state of Arkansas to use their labs.
“Thanks to the efforts of linemen, plumbers, first responders, truckers, farmers, ranchers, grocery store workers, refinery workers, and more, we continue to make tremendous strides to overcome the challenges of the past week,” said Governor Abbott. “I want to reassure the people of Texas that we are using every tool at our disposal to help those in need. We have overcome challenges in the past, and we will overcome this challenge together.”
Photos courtesy ABC Dallas & ATA