WATER IN THE DESERT

Local resident Kim Hunter has been leaving gallon jugs of water along Highway 68 during the heat of summer for the past three years. Due to the extreme heat of the past week, this year he put out more than 450 gallon jugs, five gallons every half-mile between McCormick Drive and Egar Road in Golden Valley. “Summer is here and it is really hot and this is the time when people break down,” Hunter said. “I’m just doing this to help people; hopefully to save lives.”

 

 

BULLHEAD CITY — “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted,” Aesop said.

For Kim Hunter, his act of kindness started with an empty gallon jug.

“I drink a lot of Arizona Tea,” said Kim Hunter. “I couldn’t help but notice that the container it comes in is really nice, thick plastic. I kept saving them, thinking I should do something with them. Recycle them at least. But I kept saving them. Then I got the idea of filling them with water and putting them out along the highway.”

Three years ago, Hunter filled 50 Arizona Tea one-gallon jugs with water at the beginning of summer and left them along Highway 68 between McCormick Boulevard and Egar Road in Golden Valley. Last year, he increased the number to 150 gallons. This year, in light of the heat wave, he decided to do more.

“Last week I put out 450 gallons of water,” he said. “I left five gallons roughly every half-mile. Summer is here and it is really hot and this is the time when people break down. … I just decided that now is the time to do it.”

What Hunter didn’t realize was how much his act of kindness was getting noticed. 

“It’s a great thing he’s doing,” said Debbie Hunter, Kim’s daughter-in-law. “He’s a great guy. A few days ago, I saw all these posts on Facebook wondering who was leaving the water on the highway and thought people should know.”

Hunter is nonplussed by the attention.

“My daughter-in-law told me about that Facebook stuff,” he said. “I’m not into computers.”

Hunter does it, he says, to save lives.

“I have had to walk out of the desert three times,” he said. “It’s really tough. Since I moved here in 1978, I’ve lost five friends on that highway, from way back when it was still a dirt road. Even if you’ve broken down and already called a tow truck, it may take an hour before they can get to you. That hill is hard on cars. The water is there to help.”

Hunter, a dealer at a local casino, replaces or refills the bottles once a week.

“I’m doing some home remodeling work for a friend in Golden Valley on one of my days off,” he said. “Every week I check the bottles as I go up and back, picking up the empties and refilling them.”

Last week he picked up 63 empty gallon jugs.

“I’m glad when I see water missing or empty bottles — it means people are using them,” Hunter said. “The only thing I would ask is if people have used a bottle, that they refill it and put it out again to help others.”

(3) comments

Donlar

It is a wonder he hasn't been cited for littering!! His is a great idea that should be done on all major desert highways...especially the hills and areas of no services like the stretch on 95 between Laughlin cut-off and I-40!

majorsurprise

What a gentleman. Thank you for thinking of others. I have seen them many times and wondered who had such a big heart. God Bless You.

KWPL

[beam] We drive to Bullhead about once a week from Kingman and I kept wondering if it was ADOT or a kind citizen who did this. Now we know and so many people I am sure have used the miracle they come across. Bicyclists must love coming across these so keep up God's purpose He has given you.

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