How to be water-wise when an earthquake strikes

■ Chronicle News Service

Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) wants customers to be prepared in the event of a major earthquake or other natural disaster.
April is National Earthquake Preparedness Month, and while EMWD will work diligently to provide water service following a natural disaster, there are steps residents can take to be ready should there be temporary and unavoidable outages.
An earthquake kit should have one to two gallons of water per person, per day. Water should be stored in a clean, airtight container and enough water should be stored to last several days. Pet owners should also keep water available for their animals.
Water may be boiled for two minutes to disinfect it. Should customers be unable to boil water, ¼ teaspoon of household bleach may be added to each gallon of water and let stand for 30 minutes to disinfect it.
Other items that should be stored in an emergency kit include toilet paper, wipes, hand sanitizers, plastic trash bags, a bucket and a deodorizing chemical. These items may be useful in the event of an outage to the wastewater system.
EMWD continuously works to protect public health by preparing for emergency responses in the event of a natural disaster, including earthquakes. For more information on what to do in an emergency, please visit

Eastern Municipal Water District is the water, wastewater service and recycled water provider to approximately 816,000 people living and working within a 555-square mile service area in western Riverside County. It is California’s sixth-largest retail water agency and its mission is “To deliver value to our customers and the communities we serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water services.” More information can be found at

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