McKenzie Mist Rebuilds Blue River Water Facility A Year After Holiday Farm Fire

Sep 14, 2021

One year ago, the Morris family experienced a total loss. Their three homes and their artesian water bottling facility in Blue River burned to the ground. Today, just after the first anniversary of the Holiday Farm fire—they have something to celebrate. 

McKenzie Mist Pure Artesian Water Company owner and CEO expresses how she feels one year after the Holiday Farm fire destroyed her bottling and distribution facility in Blue River. Her family homes were also lost. 
Credit Tiffany Eckert

“McKenzie Mist water has returned.” So reads a sign at the door of the company’s distribution site. Over the last 12 months, CEO Molly Morris and her family have cleared their burnt-out property, rebuilt the massive water storage facility and thoroughly tested the aquifer from which their award-winning water flows.

The Morris family lost three homes and their McKenzie Mist Artesian Water bottling and distribution facility in Blue River after the Holiday Farm fire blazed through on Labor Day, 2020.
Credit Molly Morris

"That was probably the easiest part-- getting the wells to sing again and come on up and start flowing," she said. "The harder part was the infrastructure, plumbing, electric and equipment.”

Morris said the pandemic caused shortages in skilled labor and parts. She’s proud that patrons stuck with them. “Our customers asked for it--they were our biggest cheer leaders. They promised to wait for it and they kept their promise.” 

The rebuild of McKenzie Mist required replacement of massive water storage tanks and bottling equipment, along with infrastructure and delivery trucks.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Now, with the new systems, Morris said they can bottle up to 3,000 gallons of McKenzie Mist water each day. 

"We can't let a fire stop us," has been Morris' mantra.

Check out  this report filed one year ago after Molly Morris and her family learned they had lost everything in the Holiday Farm fire. Everything except the pure artesian water deep under ground--and their hope. 

This ceramic piece was commissioned for Molly Morris in honor of her stamina after so much loss.
Credit Tiffany Eckert