After the hurricane–water and wastewater tips

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A message from Lee County Utilities

Water treatment plants will be operating under limited conditions.  Water pressures will be reduced.

Lift stations used to convey sewage to wastewater treatment plants will not work or will have only limited operations.  Too much toilet flushing or water going down drains may cause lift stations to overflow and back up into your home.

If there’s flooding in your area, do not open or tamper with manholes.

Because of reduced pressures and limited operations of lift stations, water conservation is a must.

Remember that just because power has been restored to your home, it does not mean that power has been restored to all lift stations and water and wastewater treatment plants within your neighborhood.

*limit the amount of toilet flushing

*abstain from running dishwashers and clothes washers

*limit the amount of water used during a shower or bath

*turn off all sprinklers

*abstain from use of outdoor water

Once the storm passes treat your water supply as if it’s unsafe to drink until you are notified otherwise.

Boil water notices may be issued through your local health department, local utility or your local emergency operations center.

Drinking water

Boil water to a rolling boil and hold there for at least 1 minute

If you cannot boil water, put 8 drops of common household bleach (unscented), into 1 gallon of tap water, shake it and allow to stand for 30 minutes before drinking.

If the water is cloudy, use 16 drops of bleach, shake it and let stand for 30 minutes.

Use common unscented household bleach that has 5 to 8 percent active ingredients.  Use food grade containers.

You also may use water purification tablets or iodine that many sports and camping stores sell and follow directions on the package.

Dish washing

*add 15 drops of unscented chlorine bleach per gallon to use for rinsing dishes.

Showering  and bathing

*showeing and bathing in tap water that is under a boil water notice is safe but if you cut yourself shaving, use an antibiotic cream.

Once full service is restored, LCU will make the appropriate notifications to the public for rescinding the boil water notice.

 

 

 

2017-09-12T09:45:58+00:00