Families Coping Without Water

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Going on days without water, families, especially with young children are struggling to make it through, but some families aren't worried about themselves, but others in their neighborhood.

It's a lesson parents are struggling to teach their young children: don't take water for granted.

"He doesn't really understand. He wants to get in the shower," says Mya Bruce. "We turned off the spicket under the sink and we tied grocery bags to the handle so it would remind them not to use them," Kara Barber says.

Families are trying to cope anyway they can without water.

Barber says, "we've just been getting water here at the stamp plant and just getting enough to wash dishes and take sponge baths and stuff."

But with an extreme crisis, brings a sense of togetherness. West Virginians are stepping up to help West Virginians.

Bruce and her son have neighbors without transportation. "This is my third trip here today to get water to make sure everybody else has it."

Philip Wright's family is taking in University of Charleston students. The school shut down due to the water crisis. Most students were sent to the Beckley campus, but others wanted to stay in The Kanawha Valley so they could go to their jobs. "In emergencies and cases like this, being so far away from home is just difficult and so being here to help them, and I've spoken with their parents in the past, and being able to help them is important. We're glad to have them and they can stay as long as they want."

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