San Luis Obispo-based craft brewery SLO Brew is sending canned potable drinking water to residents of Santa Barbara County who have been impacted by the mudslides and flooding.
Many parts of southern Santa Barbara County, where the region was hit first by the Thomas Fire and then the devastating mudslides, are without clean water, while rescue and recovery efforts are underway. There is a boil-water notice in place for the communities of Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito.
The water donated by SLO Brew comes from the supply of reverse osmosis water the brewery uses to make its beer. According to a post on SLO Brew’s Instagram account, the brewery ran its canning line for a full day to can the water, which was sent to the Red Cross in Santa Barbara.
An employee of SLO Brew said he was unsure how many cans the company planned to send, but added that the brewery will donate $1 for every pint purchased at either of its San Luis Obispo locations on Saturday, Jan. 20.