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After a hurricane, water may temporarily unavailable, unsafe

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After a hurricane, your water service may be temporarily unavailable or you may need to purify water before drinking it. High winds may disrupt operations at your local water treatment plant and broken water mains could interrupt service.

Local water management services will work quickly to restore service, but it's a good idea to be prepared by storing drinking water and knowing how to purify water.

Store tap water in clean, tightly covered containers is a dark area. Count on each person using three gallons per day for drinking and non-drinking uses.

If tap water is not safe to drink, your local water management service will alert customers by issuing a "boil water advisory" to every television and radio station. If in doubt, purify tap water before drinking it.

There are several ways to purify water:
  • Boil vigorously for at least one minute.
  • Use purification tablets - available at grocery/drug stores.
  • Use eight drops of unscented liquid household bleach (hypochlorite, typically 5.25%) per gallon of water and let stand for 30 minutes before using. DO NOT use granular bleach - it is poisonous.

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