The county is unsure of who exactly left the water behind, but because of concerns about its safety and how long it's been in the sun, the water will need to be thrown away.
PANAMA CITY - While recently hiking at Harder’s Park, Joe Edgecombe came across a “huge pile” of unopened cases of bottled water that he estimated to be over 6 feet tall and 25 feet across.
“Why was perfect water wasted?” Edgecombe, who was shocked about the unused water, wrote to The News Herald.
Who exactly the water belonged to is unknown, but Bay County officials believe it was left behind by contractors working in the area after Hurricane Michael—another lingering reminder of the storm’s aftermath in Bay County.
Harder's Park was one of the staging areas used by contractors.
The water will have to be thrown away since there are concerns about its safety due to how long it was left in the sun, according to information supplied by the county.
“It’s just sad, unopened cases,” Edgecombe said when The News Herald later told him the backstory. “I know (contractors) were overwhelmed with the amount of volume (of supplies) they got.”