Friday, August 26, 2011

More Hurricane Irene prep from DC Water

DC Water has some tips in advance of the hurricane:
August 26, 2011 – WASHINGTON, DC – In preparation for Hurricane Irene, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) is establishing plans and resources to maintain water and sewer services for District residents.

DC Water facilities are equipped to withstand weather-related events and water service interruptions are not anticipated during the hurricane. This includes during power outages. In an effort to minimize water damage, DC Water has checked and cleared storm drains in all areas at risk for flooding.

DC Water crews will be stationed throughout the District to monitor hurricane impacts and respond to emergencies. The 24-Hour Command Center will operate in a location with backup power and available for emergency response. The Washington Aqueduct, responsible for treating District drinking water, is working closely with DC Water to monitor water treatment plants and the distribution system.

 “DC Water will do its best to make sure the life-sustaining service we provide to our customers continues uninterrupted,” said DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins.  “Dedicated crews, equipment, and communication systems are all at the ready.”

DC Water encourages residents to prepare for Hurricane Irene:
•       Collect cold tap water for storage – one gallon per person (or pet) per day. Store water in a cool environment. Bottled water is unnecessary and most stores are sold out after so many people paid more than a $1 per gallon. Turn on the tap – it’s a penny per gallon.
•       Consider freezing a few jugs, and place these in the fridge during a power outage to keep food cold.
•       Minimize flooding risks – clear gutters and downspouts.
•       Store unscented liquid household chlorine bleach to disinfect water if service is interrupted and for general cleaning and sanitizing.
•       Help DC Water after the storm - safely remove debris blocking storm drains or call 202- 612-3400 for major blockage.

Residents should report water emergencies and flooding to the 24-Hour Command Center at 202-612-3400.

For more information, visit www.dcwater.com/emergencies or contact DC Water Customer Service at 202-354-3600 and the 24-Hour Command Center at 202-612-3400.

Related Links:
name: DC Water Emergencies Page
url: www.dcwater.com/emergencies

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