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Bottled water drive continues this weekend in Haddam

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WATERFORD, CT (WFSB) -

There is another way beyond monetary donations to help the victims of Harvey.

Bottled water was collected at the Jordan Firehouse in Waterford on Friday and the drive will continue at the Steady Habit Brewing Company in Haddam through the weekend.

The drive got underway at 6 a.m. and wrapped up around10 a.m. in Waterford.

"Houston needs a lot of help," said Joe Smith, a firefighter in Waterford. "We wanted to do something that really meant the world to them. So we decided to donate as much stuff as we can and the response has been overwhelming."

Throughout the week, donations of 1,800 packs of water have accumulated at the firehouse, according to organizers.

"All of this came from a tractor trailer in Providence," Smith said. "Then today we're probably going to fill another two trailers from all of the local and all of the community people."

Access to clean water has been an issue for many people affected by the storm.

"Many people have been donating with tear-filled eyes," Smith said.

Thousands of people are in need of it.

"It could happen to us at any time," said Fred Mueller of Waterford. "It's a disaster. It's not good at all and there is another one in the Gulf so it could be us in a week. Who knows."

Firefighters loaded the water onto the tractor trailers.

“Ab Cdl driver training school here in Waterford is donating every truck and every driver, so they’re going to make the trip as soon as we fill the truck to go down to Houston," Smith said.

The drive continues at Steady Habit Brewing through the weekend. They'll be accepting water there from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The company said donors can enjoy a free beer while they are there.

The brewery is located on Bridge Road in Haddam.

"It's the little we can do to help," said Dylan Zito of Waterford.

It's a little help that will travel a long way to do a lot of good, according to organizers.

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