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What to do in an emergency

Water is vital for everyday life and is necessary for health and safety purposes. Natural disasters have the potential of disrupting the normal supply of clean water to your home or business. That's why it is important to be prepared and to know what do to in a water emergency.

The PCWD field personnel are trained as first responders and throughout the year they receive ongoing training to ensure their skills and knowledge of disaster preparedness is current. We encourage all customers to also be prepared for any type of emergency that could impact their drinking water. In most emergency situations, you should have enough food, water and medical supplies to last at least 72 hours. To help you get started here are a few tips:
• Store at least three gallons of drinking water per person in a cool dry place.
• Stored water should be replaced every three to six months.

In the event that water supplies are contaminated due to a disaster, purify all drinking water suspected of bacterial contamination by one of the following methods.
1. Use commercial purification tablets, available at camping or drug stores.
2. Boil water vigorously for several minutes
3. Add liquid chlorine bleach at a rate of 8 drops per gallon. Allow water to stand for one hour before drinking. DO NOT USE GRANULAR BLEACH, WHICH IS POISONOUS.

If a water leak is detected,call PCWD immidiately at (559) 439-2362. If after 4pm, then follow the phone prompts to reach our 24 hr. on-call service technician.