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Vehicles line up as City of Corpus Christi distributes free bottled water at five locations

Water will be limited to two cases per vehicle.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The need for clean water had many of your neighbors lining up at distribution sites across the city as leaders were able to secure thousands of cases of bottled water on this Friday.

Case after case of bottled water was loaded into the back of cars here at the Corpus Christi Natatorium parking lot off Saratoga Blvd.

It was one of five distribution sites across the city where lines stretched down the street as residents desperately searched for any water they could get their hands on.

Other sites included the Hilltop Community Center, the Public Health District, the Ethel Eyerly Senior Center, as well as Bill Whitt Park.

Many of those residents we spoke with said they were grateful for the help by the city days into the water boil.

"Helping out a lot of people right now," said one man.

"It helps a lot, some of these stores like HEB were out," said another community member who was in line.

Corpus Christi fire fighter cadets and police cadets were among those who helped in the effort placing two cases in each vehicle.

In all city leaders able to acquire 174 pallets of water which is over 13,000 cases.

"There's absolutely the need, and we wish we could have obtained this water prior to now but its been virtually impossible," said Mayor Paulette Guajardo.

Mayor Guajardo tells 3News securing the water supply wasn't easy as they competed with cities across the state who are in the same tough situation.

"We know everyone has been asking where's the water, but unfortunately 800 public water systems are under a water boil right now in Texas and that's effecting 13.1 million people across the state," said Guajardo.

Mayor Guajardo said the city continues to wait for test results to come back and is hopeful they can lift the water boil by Saturday.

RELATED: Corpus Christi water system stable, officials now testing water quality

For more information call the city's 24-hour Customer Service Call Center at (361) 826-2489 (CITY) or visit www.cctexas.com/waterboil

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