Trucker to quench thirst of North Battleford residents

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FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alta. — Trucker Bruce Paton will be welcomed to North Battleford with open arms, as he brings a truckload of bottled water to the community.

After hearing about the town’s contaminated water epidemic, Paton stepped up to the plate and decided to help out. He convinced two Alberta bottled water companies to provide him with over 12,500 litres of water, and filled up his big rig bound for North Battleford.

“I’m just a little guy trying to help people out,” Paton told local media as he loaded up his rig.

“We’ve had a lot of corporate sponsorship but it’s nice to see an ordinary Canadian step up to the plate,” says city commissioner Jim Toye. “It’s outstanding that someone who’s not from North Battleford would do this.”

After dropping off the precious cargo, Paton will continue on his weekly run to Toronto.

City officials estimate the water that Paton provides will be enough to meet the needs of North Battleford residents for one day.

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