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#MappingMATTHEW: Important water tips for a hurricane

Published:Friday | September 30, 2016 | 9:40 PM

The National Water Commission is urging customers to prepare for the impending Hurricane Matthew by observing the following tips: 

BEFORE THE STORM:
1. Store as much water as you can – more than a gallon per person per day and enough to last at least seven days.

2. Tanks should be checked to ensure that their connected valves are working and will not drain water back into the network if piped supply is disrupted.

AFTER THE STORM:
3. Check to determine if the piped supply is disrupted. If tanks are directly connected to your homes, a disruption in the public supply may not be immediately obvious.

4. Conserve the water you have stored. Limit cooking foods that require water to prepare, use paper plates to avoid washing dishes and control other activities that use much water. Use untreated or rain water for washing, flushing toilets and similar activities.

5. If your piped supply is disrupted, rain water may be used to replenish potable water you have already used. Rain water may be purified by boiling for 5 minutes or by adding 2-4 drops of bleach per litre of water.  Water treated with bleach should be allowed to settle for 30 minutes before drinking.

6. Report any broken water or sewer mains or other defective water infrastructure you observe to the nearest NWC office or 1 888 CALL NWC (1 888 225 5692).

7. Be patient and cooperate in any way you can in the process to restore normality to your water systems.