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.