Riverside County, FIND Food Bank Respond to Water Crisis at Oasis Mobile Home Park
OASIS – FIND Food Bank on Thursday provided bottled water to families at Oasis Mobile Home Park following new reports by residents that the mobile home park’s water system is unsafe to use for drinking, bathing and cooking.
During Wednesday’s meeting with the Oasis Mobile Home Park community, residents showed Supervisor V. Manuel Perez a copy of the notice from the owners of the park, dated July 1, that the water should not be used for any purpose, including drinking, bathing, cooking and brushing one’s teeth.
At the county’s request, FIND Food Bank today distributed 1,200 gallons of bottled water to Oasis Mobile Home Park residents. FIND Food Bank will continue to have distributions over the weekend. Residents will be made aware of the schedule for water distribution.
In a prepared statement, FIND Food Bank President & CEO Debbie Espinosa said, “As the regional disaster response food bank for Riverside County, FIND is ready to provide relief in times of emergency, like we did (Thursday) at Oasis Mobile Home Park. We’ll continue distributing free groceries and water at our Mobile Markets throughout the Coachella Valley. We want the families to know that FIND is there now and always to help them through this difficult time.”
Supervisor Perez applauded FIND Food Bank for assisting the Oasis Mobile Home Park community.
“Can you imagine not having water to drink, bathe or cook with? That is not humane or acceptable, and, personally, I am saddened, angry and feel it’s a shame that so many of our residents have been suffering for so long without clean water,” Perez said in a prepared statement. “I want to thank FIND Food Bank for its immediate response to assist at Oasis Mobile Home Park and for, once again, always being there for our communities.”
Perez is coordinating with county departments, community agencies and others to assist with the community’s water needs.
- Bottled water: Pexels