Portland, Ore.– Word travels fast these days thanks to social media so it took no time at all for the city to figure out the water wasn’t safe.
First stop for most folks was the grocery store. Aisles were jam packed with people before the city even made its official announcement. Everyone bee lined it for bottle water but by 12:30 every bottle at the Fred Meyer on NE Broadway was gone. Customers say that stores should have been given a heads up about the run on water if the city had been doing tests all week.
“You might want to get all the water you have in your warehouse and have it on hand in trucks so that if there is a run on water we can satisfy our customers.”
The water spray system in the produce section also got shut off. Stores are telling shoppers to rinse the vegetables with boiled water at home.
Restaurants around town also had to make some changes today because of the tainted water. The lunch rush hour didn’t slow up at Bellagios Pizza so they were working double time to implement some changes after hearing about the boil order.
“We are using bottled water for everything, if we need to soak anything. We have to double wash our hands with sanitizer and we threw out all the ice in the store.”
Our news partner KGW checked in with some food carts around town as well. They said most of their food prep happened before the announcement and for clean up most carts use chlorinated water to sanitize hands and dishes.