Wa­ter tips for hur­ri­cane pre­pared­ness

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

IN VIEW of the im­mi­nent threat posed to the is­land by Hur­ri­cane Matthew, the Na­tional Wa­ter Com­mis­sion (NWC) has pro­vided hur­ri­cane-prepa­ra­tion tips re­lat­ing to wa­ter sup­ply pro­vi­sion.

The NWC is urg­ing all Ja­maicans to en­sure that be­fore the on­set of storm con­di­tions:

1. Know that wa­ter sup­ply sys­tems are at se­vere risk of dam­age from hur­ri­canes. Cus­tomers are urged to col­lect and store wa­ter in the event the piped sup­ply is dis­rupted by the storm. Per­sons should store as much wa­ter as they can – more than a gal­lon per per­son per day and enough to last at least seven days.

2. Tanks should be checked to en­sure that their con­nected valves are work­ing and will not drain wa­ter back into the net­work if piped sup­ply is dis­rupted.

AF­TER THE STORM

1. Check to de­ter­mine if the piped sup­ply is dis­rupted. Es­pe­cially for per­sons with tanks di­rectly con­nected to their homes, a dis­rup­tion in the pub­lic sup­ply may not be ob­vi­ous im­me­di­ately. 2. Con­serve the wa­ter you have stored. En­sure that wa­ter stored in tanks re­main locked in and con­served, in­clud­ing by lim­it­ing cook­ing foods that re­quire wa­ter to pre­pare, use pa­per plates to avoid wash­ing dishes and con­trol other ac­tiv­i­ties that use much wa­ter. Use un­treated or rain wa­ter for wash­ing, flush­ing toi­lets and sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties. 3. If your piped sup­ply is dis­rupted, rain­wa­ter may be used wa­ter to you re­plen­ish­have al­ready potable used. Rain­wa­ter may be pu­ri­fied by boil­ing for five min­utes or by adding two to four drops of bleach per litre of wa­ter. Wa­ter treated with bleach should be al­lowed to set­tle for 30 min­utes be­fore drink­ing. 4. Re­port any bro­ken wa­ter or sewer mains or other de­fec­tive wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture you ob­serve to the near­est NWC of­fice or 1 888 CALL NWC (1 888 225 5692). 5. Be pa­tient and co­op­er­ate in any way you can in the process to re­store nor­mal­ity to your wa­ter sys­tems. “While we still hope that we will be spared the worst ef­fects of the hur­ri­cane, the pub­lic is as­sured that (we) will be work­ing as­sid­u­ously to main­tain (our) wa­ter sup­ply sys­tems even in the face of the threat of a hur­ri­cane, and to re­store all dam­aged sys­tems in the short­est time pos­si­ble,” said the NWC in a re­lease.

The pub­lic is also en­cour­aged to visit the NWC web­site at www.nwc­ja­maica.com for other re­lated in­for­ma­tion and hur­ri­cane-pre­pared­ness tips.

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

A big smile shows his joy at get­ting buck­ets to store wa­ter and other items as he pre­pares for Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

RU­DOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Res­i­dents wait­ing in line to re­fill wa­ter bot­tles at the Blake’s Wa­ter Store in Liguanea, St An­drew, yes­ter­day.

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