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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 7, 2017

Water Quality Association recommendations ahead of Hurricane Irma

 

LISLE, Ill. – The Water Quality Association (WQA) recommends homeowners looking to stock up on water and other supplies ahead of Hurricane Irma consider filling reusable containers with filtered tap water if bottled water is unavailable at area stores. That's one of the several recommendations from WQA to help residents prepare for the storm.

 

“If homeowners cannot find bottled water at the store, but have reusable water containers on hand, we suggest filling those with filtered tap water ahead of the storm,” said WQA Professional Certification and Training Director Tanya Lubner, PhD.

 

However, Lubner says once the water supply has been compromised, passing it through home water treatment equipment that is not intended to purify microbiologically unsafe water would not provide sufficient assurance of potability. WQA recommends residents pay attention to local boil water alerts and other warnings following severe flooding because local water supplies can be tainted with debris, bacteria and other contaminants. Water treatment equipment will also need to be sanitized after flooding.

 

When it comes to stocking up on water, the general rule of thumb is to have one gallon per day for each individual in a home. Three days of bottled water for a family of four would mean having 12 gallons of water on hand.

 

In addition to having bottled water, authorities recommend that residents preparing for a hurricane have several days of food for each family member along with food for pets. Additional supplies to gather before the storm include prescription medications, extra batteries, a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, flashlights, blankets, clothing and a first aid kit.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends residents make sure they know local evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Homeowners should consider bringing in lawn furniture, garbage cans and anything else not tied down. Boat owners should determine how and where to secure their boat. FEMA says permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows, but a second option is to board up windows with marine plywood.

 

Families should also consider developing a family communications plan in the event family members become separated. Discuss the needs of each person and how you can stay in touch during and after the hurricane strikes. Additional information can be found at www.ready.gov.

 

Visit WQA’s website for a searchable database:  http://www.wqa.org/find-providers or Florida Water Quality Association (FWQA) http://www.fwqa.com. More resources are available on the WQA Crisis Response Blog and Flood Resources Page.

 

WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

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