Answers to Commonly Asked Questions about Water Supply




Hurricanes and Public Health Concerns



Answers to Commonly Asked Questions about Water Supply




Is my tap water safe to drink?


Flooding due to a hurricane may compromise or contaminate some water supplies,

including the water coming from several large public water companies. During hurricanes

or flooding, state and local officials are monitoring water quality very carefully to ensure

that any potential contaminants are identified quickly and everyone is informed


If it is determined that a water supply is or is likely to be contaminated, official advisories

will be issued stating that consumers should boil or treat their water, use bottled water or

other alternatives until water quality returns to a safe level.


What is the proper way to disinfect my water so that it is safe to drink?


The preferred method of treatment is boiling. Boiling water kills harmful bacteria and

parasites. Bring water to a full ROLLING boil for at least 1 minute to kill most infectious

organisms. If boiling water is not possible (power outages) potentially contaminated

water may be treated with chlorine or iodine tablets. However, this treatment will not kill

parasitic organisms.

To disinfect with chlorine mix six drops (1/8 teaspoon) of unscented, ordinary household

chlorine bleach (5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite) per gallon of water. Mix the solution

thoroughly, and let stand for about thirty minutes. To disinfect using iodine put eight

drops of 2% tincture of iodine in one quart of water. Allow the water to stand at least 30

minutes before it is used.



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