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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Treating Drinking Water for Emergency Use

Bottled water

During a major disaster such as a large earthquake, you may be out of water and sewer service for days or possibly weeks. It will take us some time to identify and repair any damage to our infrastructure.   We will do everything we can to restore your water service as quickly as possible, and we will alert you to any boil water notices related to water system damage.

What can you do prior to a major water outage incident to be ready?  We recommend storing one gallon of water per person per day in a cool, dry place at your home.  Have 2 weeks’ worth of water if space allows.  Always have a bottle of household bleach on hand for purifying water. Make sure the bleach doesn’t have any perfumes or dyes in it.

You may also want to visit your local sporting goods store and purchase a propane camping stove to keep on hand.  During an earthquake, you may not have electricity or natural gas to use your stove to boil your water, but a propane stove will work great for the job.  Be sure to get extra propane cylinders too.  It’s also helpful to have a portable water filter on hand.  Be sure to research filters in advance and learn what they filter out.

 The Washington Department of Health has more detailed information on treating drinking water in the brochure “Treating Drinking Water for Emergency Use.” 

Treatment of Drinking Water for Emergency Use
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