Aqua America Emphasizes Importance of Hurricane Preparedness
In anticipation of hurricane season, the water and wastewater utility offers tips to customers in the event of a potential service interruption
This hurricane season, which runs from June through November, the
Aqua advises customers to be educated and equipped for the upcoming season. Although Aqua does everything in its power to remain operational during storms, a hurricane can wreak havoc in the communities Aqua serves, especially in coastal regions, so customers should become as prepared as possible for the potential loss of water service.
If water service is affected by hurricane conditions, Aqua’s top three tips to stay safe and prepared are:
1. Ahead of a storm, save water for essential use by filling empty pitchers and pots — even bathtubs can be used to store water in case service is interrupted.
2. Sign up for Aqua’s WaterSmart alerts, an automated service designed for quick, reliable communication about water quality and service in case of disruption. Aqua’s WaterSmart alerts are delivered by phone, text or email.
3. If customers are under a boil water advisory after Aqua restores service, disinfect tap water by boiling it. Purify all water that could be ingested—through uses such as drinking, cooking, brushing teeth or making ice—by bringing it to a rolling boil for two minutes and letting it cool. It is better that young infants and pregnant women use bottled or stored water instead of boiled tap water whenever possible for drinking and cooking until the boil water advisory is lifted.