STELLARTON – Sobeys has responded to the need for drinking water due to drought conditions in southwestern Nova Scotia.
The company partnered with Connors Transfer Ltd. of Pictou County to deliver five tractor -railer loads of Big 8 bottled water at no cost to the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) for distribution.
The delivery of the 107,500 litres of water will be co-ordinated by EMO to best meet the needs of those hardest hit communities across Southwestern Nova Scotia.
“The call came out from EMO and we immediately answered,” commented Peter Doucette, General Manager of Sobeys Atlantic. “We are hearing stories about wells going dry and families not having enough water to cook and meet basic household needs. We feel for these communities and are doing our part to help alleviate their stress.”
As the situation evolves, Sobeys will continue to work with the EMO to assist wherever possible.
This follows on a significant donation by Sobeys in support of the fire relief efforts in Queens County in August. Water, power drinks, and snacks were donated for the firefighters along with gift cards to support the women’s auxiliary as they prepared meals for up to 150 support personnel each night.
Big 8 Beverages Ltd. has been operating since 1986 in Stellarton and is part of the Sobeys Atlantic business.
Doug Lawrence drives a forklift load of bottled water onto a trailer at Sobeys’ Big 8 facility in Stellarton. (Submitted photo)