Emergency Preparedness

Before and during an emergency, there are several things to know and do. This page will provide some assistance in the event of such an emergency.

Before an emergency.

Secure your water heater. Your water heater can become a protected source of water during an emergency, or a huge puddle of water. Protect this valuable resource by securing your water heater to the wall studs.

The following PDF document "Securing Your Water Heater" from the Washington State Emergency Management Division, illustrates just how to do this.

Store one gallon of water per person per day--enough for at least three days. Have additonal water for pets.

Toilet tanks can be another source of water during an emergency, so do not add coloring/disinfecting products to your toilet tank.

Learn where your water shut off valve is and how to operate it.

Mark water valves with fluorescent paint or tape to locate in the dark.

Keep extra bottled water in your vechicle and keep unscented chlorine bleach or water purification tablets on hand.

Do not store your food and water near household contaminants and cleaning supplies.


After an emergency.

Check your pipes for leaks and/or breaks.

To prevent contamination, turn off main water valve.

Check sewage lines to make sure their intact. If sewage lines are broken, plug sink and tub drains to prevent any sewage backup.


Drinking water after an emergency.

To kill bacteria, heat water and boil briskly for one minute, allow to cool before using.

Use alternative sources, such as bottled water, for drinking, food preparation, washing dishes, brushing teeth, or making ice. Do not let pets drink the water.

The following PDF document "Treating Drinking Water for Emergency Use" from the Washington State Depart of Health, illustrates just how to do this.


Drought Response.

When a drought emergency is declared, water-use can be restricted. Question regarding this, please contact PRWD by phone at 360-945-4696 during our regular business hours.