WQA offers recommendations ahead of Hurricane Florence
Video: 5 things to know about drinking water during a flood
WQA Technical Affairs Director Eric Yeggy discusses five things to know about drinking water during flooding (Media have permission to use the audio on air or on line)
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LISLE, Ill. (Sept. 9, 2018) – The Water Quality Association warns that Hurricane Florence -- expected to hit the shores of North and South Carolina and Virginia later this week -- poses a threat to drinking water for people affected by the storm, but that there are precautions that can be taken to protect residents in the affected areas.
“This is a powerful hurricane and our concern is for anyone who may be caught in the path of Florence or who will be returning to their homes once the storm has passed,” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “Our main concern is for possible drinking water contamination.”
East Coast residents should be working now to assure they will have an adequate drinking water supply during the storm, said WQA Technical Affairs Director Eric Yeggy.
The general rule of thumb is to have one gallon of drinking water per day for each individual in a home, or 12 gallons to last a family of four for three days. Residents can buy bottled water or fill reusable containers with filtered tap water ahead of the storm.
Once the water supply has been compromised by flooding, passing water through home water treatment equipment 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.
In addition to having bottled water, authorities recommend that residents preparing for a hurricane have several days of food and water 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.
These tips and others from WQA are available at wqa.org/flood-resources.
WQA offers training and certification for professionals who can conduct testing and recommend appropriate remedies for specific contamination issues. WQA tests products for effectiveness, offering Gold Seal certification to those that meet independently established standards. To find a local water treatment professional or certified professional who can help choose the most effective products, visit wqa.org.
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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