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Water Quality Association posts Water Safety Guide

What to do after a hurricane or severe flooding

LISLE, Ill. – The Water Quality Association (WQA) has released a Water Safety Guide to help people affected by natural disasters such as hurricane and the subsequent flooding that is likely to occur. The guide features tips for what homeowners can do to prepare for a major storm as well as what to do during and after the storm hits.

“If bottled water is unavailable, any water used for drinking or cooking should be boiled or disinfected,” the guide recommends. “Residents should 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.” 

The guide also provides steps for properly boiling water or disinfecting water in the event the local water supply is compromised. During a flood, local water supplies can be tainted with debris, bacteria and other contaminants. 

The guide is among several resources WQA has available at its crisis response blog at 

Visit WQA’s website for a searchable database: or Florida Water Quality Association (FWQA)  

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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