The Joint Water Commission is prepared for an emergency. Are you? A little extra planning will be greatly rewarded in event of an emergency. Should an emergency occur, you should be prepared to be without regular water service for days or weeks before the JWC can provide safe water again. The water treatment plant may need to be shut off, treated water may not be able to reach your home, or water in the pipeline could be contaminated and undrinkable.
What to do to prepare for an emergency:
- Store a 3-day extra water supply. Each person needs one gallon of water each day. Don’t forget extra for your pets. This stored water should be replaced by the expiration date or every 6 months.
- Locate your home’s water shut-off valve and hot water heater. Know how to turn them on and off and how to disconnect the gas or electricity from the water heater. Secure your water heater to wall studs.
What to do when an emergency occurs:
- Watch and Listen to available media for announcements on the status of your water supply. Follow any and all precautions regarding the safety of your water.
- Emergency sources of water include: ice cubes, toilet tank (not the bowl), hot water heater (first disconnect power supply), purified water from rivers, lakes, streams and collected rain water.