Water Scarcity Affecting Many Businesses

Water Scarcity Affecting Many Businesses

If you plan to visit Montreal in the next couple of days, take some bottled water with you.

Following the water boil advisory issued by the City of Montreal Wednesday, many businesses have seen their bottled water supplies emptied in record time, given the concern of many customers.

This is the case of Costco store located at 300, rue Bridge in Montreal.

The branch’s management has indicated that a delivery of bottled water was planned for Thursday afternoon, without however being able to confirm that its shelves will be restocked.

The Costco on rue Bridge is not the only institution in this situation. Several grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores have already sold all of their bottled water supplies as well.

Since Wednesday morning, the City of Montreal has demanded nearly 1.3 million Montrealers to boil tap water before drinking it after quality tests had revealed an anomaly.

This has certainly allowed the Eska water bottling plant in Saint-Mathieu-d’Harricana, in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region to benefit from the problems that Montrealers are facing.

“”It has indeed created an additional demand, especially in small retailers, said Sylvain Boudreau, Vice President of Operations at Eska. In terms of the big chains, they have storage capacities that enable them to meet the demand. On our side, the factory has already running at full capacity since January and we had planned storage of hundreds of thousands of bottles earlier this year. We are therefore able to meet the demand as well. ”
LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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