Chemical spill causes bottled water shortage in Philadelphia (includes video story)

Residents of the Philadelphia area are struggling to find bottled water. Many stores around the city have empty shelves and are reducing sales until there is more supply to meet the demand.

The demand for bottled water is due to contamination in the Delaware River. However, the Philadelphia Water Department is encouraging residents to store tap water instead of buying it in stores. On Sunday, the department said that tap water is safe to drink through Monday at 11:59 p.m.

Uber Eats driver Quamir Dublin says that somebody ordered 12 one-gallon bottles of Deer Park. “I had to tell him I couldn’t give it to him because literally there was no water,” said Dublin.

With bare shelves throughout the city and increasing demand for bottled water, residents are hoping for a solution as soon as possible.

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