What do you do with 300,000-plus bottles of water you no longer need? That’s a question Mayo Clinic faced after the weeklong water crisis in late April at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus, was resolved.
The first 25 pallets of bottle water were delivered to Channel One the week before Memorial Day.
After the discovery of sediment in the water supply, Mayo quickly purchased hundreds of pallets of bottled water to meet the needs of patients and staff. It was unclear early on how long the issue would affect availability of drinking water on the campus. While about 200,000 bottles were used, another 311,000 bottles ended up in storage.
That supply is now being donated to Channel One Food Bank in Rochester. Channel One will distribute the water locally and help its network of food shelves store the water for emergency response.
“This water is a very valuable item,” says Ed Stites, who is operations director at Channel One. “As members of Southeast Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster, Channel One stores water throughout the year in case it is needed during times of disaster. We couldn’t be more thankful for this donation as we enter the season where natural disasters are common.”
To avoid overwhelming Channel One, the 173 pallets of bottled water will be donated in stages. The first 25 pallets were delivered the week before Memorial Day.