Monday, July 27, 2015

Water boil water advisory lifted

The DeKalb Board of Health has been issuing updates through its twitter feed:, including separate water boil advisories for residential use and food establishments.

While the issue of potable water safety and emergency preparedness are still fresh on our minds, these are some great links from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Personal Preparation and Storage of Safe Water: This link covers how to prepare for emergencies and how to sanitize water using heat and household (unscented) chlorine bleach. Regarding preparedness, they recommend that households
- "Store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet. You should consider storing more water than this for hot climates, for pregnant women, and for persons who are sick.
- Store at least a 3-day supply of water for each person and each pet (try to store a 2-week supply if possible).
- Observe the expiration date for store-bought water; replace other stored water every six months.
- Store a bottle of unscented liquid household chlorine bleach to disinfect your water and to use for general cleaning and sanitizing."
Hygiene and Handwashing: how to maintain hygiene when the running water supply is unavailable or compromised
Also, if you have not done so already, sign up for DeKalb County's Code Red alert system to receive weather and other emergency alerts directly to your phone.