BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) –
The water emergency has brought about a rush of bottled water sales in Bay City.
“This is the last of our water. We sold all of it yesterday,” said Steve Beson, owner of Beson’s party store.
Beson had one case of bottled water left in his Bay City party store Monday morning.
“I wanted one too. I was a little scared. Now it’s up for sale, so if anybody can’t find water I’ve got one case,” Beson said.
One might think that this store owner could get a little more money for water in a situation such as this, but that’s not the case.
“No, we don’t do that. The same price yesterday was the same price today so, we’ll get more, we’ll sell more,” Beson said.
Meanwhile, up Marquette Avenue in Bay City at Kader’s Party Store there was an empty spot where the retailer normally sold gallons of drinking water, but there were some individual bottles still for sale.
Owner Sherry Card said she probably will have to order more water than she usually does.
“I haven’t seen people panicking yet, but I do believe they’re going to probably today or tomorrow,” Card said.
The silver lining is that it could increase other sales in her store as customers pick up other items.
“I think it’s going to help us a little bit,” Card said.
Even so, she would rather have the water emergency go away.
“Well, I hope they get it fixed pretty soon,” Card said.
Larger retail stores in Bay City have also seen a crush of bottled water sales since Saturday night.
City officials said the water is safe to drink and there’s still plenty of it, but that’s not stopping people from stocking up.
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