Before a storm approaches, or makes landfall, you should have a plan set in place so you won’t run dry after the storm.
Rather than buying bottled water, invest in plastic water containers for your family.
- Fill aluminum or plastic containers with potable water once a hurricane warning is announced. Plan for at least one gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days, and a half-gallon per pet per day. Keep other containers two-thirds full with potable water and place them in your freezer for ice after a storm.
- Before filling your water containers, wash them out with soap and water and rinse them well. Next, fill the container with a solution of one tablespoon of unscented household chlorine bleach — the kind used for laundry — per gallon of water. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then pour out the solution and rinse the container.
- Keeping water stored for too long could attract harmful bacteria and make the water taste stale, so wait until a hurricane warning is announced.
- Plastic water containers are available in a variety of sizes, from four to 10 gallons or more, and some are collapsible or can be folded easily for storage. They're built to last for years, so you'll save money in the long run.
What to do if a precautionary boil water order is issued
If a precautionary boil water order is issued, all water for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice, and washing dishes should be boiled for at least one minute. If you choose to use water from the tap, make sure to follow emergency drinking water disinfection guidelines issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. As an alternative, bottled water may be used.
The Water and Sewer Department will sample the water and once all results are cleared, a boil water lift notification will be issued.Be Prepared