Making Sure You Have Enough Clean Drinking Water 💧 ¶
How Residents Can Prepare:
Tip #1: Make sure you have enough drinking water
You can save a lot of money and a trip to the store by filling up clean and sanitary containers with Tampa’s safe, clean, and clear drinking water straight from your tap. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends emptying out and refilling the containers with fresh tap water every six months.
- Do not re-use plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them due to the possibility of bacterial growth.
- FEMA recommends storing one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation, like bathing and brushing your teeth.
- Fill ice trays and ice maker containers (make sure the ice maker is turned off during the storm).
When storing bottled water for emergency use, make note of the expiration or “use by” date marked on the bottle and store it away from sun and heat exposure.
Tip #2: Secure your irrigation system
If you have an automatic sprinkler system, make sure to:
- AHEAD OF A STORM
- Turn your system to “OFF” until the storm passes. Otherwise, the soil will be too saturated to absorb more water, causing flooding.
- AFTER THE STORM PASSES
- Check your irrigation controller and rain sensor to make sure they are still working properly and hasn’t reset to factory settings which could happen after temporary power loss.
- If the rain sensor gets damaged by the storm, Tampa Water Department customers can request a free rain sensor to replace their damaged one.
How Businesses Can Prepare:
Critical facilities, such as schools, child day care establishments, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, dialysis centers, hospitals or other health care centers, or food establishments should take extra precautions.
Create an Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide that includes updated emergency contact information with external partners and agencies, as well as steps to take if a boil water notice is issued.
Need help getting started? Check out these helpful guides and websites:
Stay Informed With Alert Tampa
If our water system experiences a loss in power or water pressure due to a hurricane, storm, or unforeseen emergency, we will notify all affected customers on the appropriate actions that need to be taken.
Additional Water Guidance
- Make water safe during an emergency | Haga que el agua sea seguro durante una emergencia
- Personal Water Use - Safe Drinking Water in Emergencies
- Prepare and store an emergency water supply (FEMA)
- Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 1-800-426-4791
- What to do with your private well after a flood | Que hacer con su pozo privado despues de una inundación