Hundreds of Emporians clad in green walked from bar to bar during the annual pub crawl. Mulready’s Pub owner Rick Becker and his staff rushed to serve drinks despite the city’s boil water advisory.
“We’ll probably see 12 to 15 hundred people through the door today,” Becker said. “Which is absolutely crazy.”
Not all businesses benefited from the Saint Patrick’s Day crowds. At least one business had to close it’s doors; forcing would-be customers to change their celebration plans.
“We planned on going to Casa Ramos for lunch, and we saw the sign said they were closed due to the boil water order, so we had to make other arrangements,” Jennifer Terrell.
Becker said he and other bars participating in the pub crawl had to bring in clean water to meet the days demands.
“We ordered ice up from Wichita, we brought bottled water in from Kansas City,” Becker said.
One Emporian jokingly suggested an alternative to boiling water.
“If you put enough good whiskey in water, that’ll take care of any advisory you need, so it’ll purify it,” Ray Terrell said.
The Co-President of the Emporia Saint Patrick’s Day Committee, Trey Sommers, said the advisory didn’t hamper the day’s events.
“It hasn’t stopped our festivities at all. And Emporia can come out and enjoy the day without worrying about the ban at all,” Sommers said.
Not surprisingly, Becker said Water wasn’t a top seller.
“We have 23 beers on tap, 80 beers total, we carry about 130 whiskeys,” Becker said. “Water isn’t even a concern today.”
City officials said the city’s water may be contaminated because of a filter valve malfunction. The malfunction caused the water to become cloudy and possibly contaminated by bacteria.