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Hurricane Preparedness - Drinking Water Advisory

Belize Water Services reminds the public to keep at least 3 days’ supply of drinking water in sealed containers as part of their hurricane preparedness.

After the passage of any storm, normal water supplies may be affected, causing possible
contamination. These may include BWS and rural water distribution systems, as well as individual wells and water storage tanks or vats.

After the passage of the storm, BWS will monitor and test for any possible contamination within BWS’ systems. BWS will put out advisories should any portions of our systems be adversely affected. However, be aware that in these circumstances, communications may be limited.

BWS hereby forewarns the public that if any water is suspected to be contaminated, it is strongly recommended to treat the water before drinking or consuming in any way. It is also
recommended for persons in the rural areas that experience flooding and use well water to also
treat your drinking water as it may not be safe to drink.

You can make water safe by doing ANY ONE of the following:


· Adding 1 tablespoon of bleach (Clorox or similar product) to five gallons of water, mix completely and leave to stand for 30 minutes before using. Warning: Do NOT use bleach that is scented or colored. Or,
· Bring to boil in a pot or kettle and let it boil at full bubble for at least one minute. Cool and use as needed. Or,
· Add water purification tablets according to directions on the package.

Warning: Water that is dark, has an odor, or has floating pieces should NOT be used for consumption, even with the above treatment.

A Hurricane Preparedness Message from Belize Water Services