Woman Spends $150 to Stay Hydrated

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Sharon Spencer has been on the lookout for fresh and safe water.

"I tried not to panic right away," said the 66-year-old Spencer.

Ever since the State of Emergency went into effect, she's had to turn off the faucet.

"I use the water that my daughter sent me to pour it in there because I have to remember we can't use sink water," Spencer said.

Spencer said the struggle to stay hydrated, clean and safe has been tough and costly: about $150 in one shopping trip, for more than 75 individual bottles.

"Well, I said, I'm really thankful that I have a credit card that has enough room for the water," Spencer said.

No safe tap water means changing some habits.

It's not easy.

No laundry, rarely doing dishes and drinking only bottled water.

"I've been using the cups to drink and also if it's something small, I just stick them in here and put them in the microwave," Spencer said.

But Spencer said she's not worried about herself, instead her 10 grandkids and eight children.

"I was really worried about making sure they had enough to drink."

She also said she's worried about people who may need help but aren't getting it.

"It's such a dangerous situation right now for so many people," Spencer said.

For now, Spencer said she's doing her best to live a normal life, but there's one thing she really misses.

"Taking a shower."


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