Participation in Little Hocking Bottled Water Program High; Remaining Eligible Residents Encouraged to Register The Little Hocking Water Association announced today that nearly 65 percent of its customers are enrolled and participating in the new bottled water program, according to general manager Robert Griffin. Griffin is pleased with the high participation but is concerned about the families who have yet to register to have the free bottled water delivered.

            “Little Hocking Water Association is committed to doing everything it can to get this free bottled water to as many of our customers as possible,” said Griffin, noting that the Ohio EPA has recommended that Little Hocking customers take advantage of the program and use the bottled water for drinking and cooking. “The initial response was excellent. Now we’re working to boost participation to as close to 100 percent as we can,” Griffin said.

            Approximately 2,800 of about 4300 Little Hocking customers (i.e. households and businesses) are currently enrolled in the program, which was announced in August. Three different water companies began delivering bottled water directly to homes in late October after an initial period of reimbursing participating residents for bottled water purchases. About ninety-five percent of the households that registered are now receiving deliveries.

Under the residential bottled water program, a family of four is eligible for up to 84 gallons of water per week.  Non-residential customers, like restaurants, can find out how much water they are eligible for on a case-by-case basis by calling

1-888-404-8013, or e-mailing LHWAinfo@gardencitygroup.com.

            To register, residents can call 1-800-275-6544, e-mail   LHWAinfo@gardencitygroup.com, or visit http://www.lhwawaterreimbursement.com/ for more information.

The program to provide bottled water for cooking and drinking is financed by DuPont and will continue until a carbon filtration system is fully operational.