A friend in Puerto Rico, Jennifer, tells me that her town has been on a boil notice for 5 1/2 MONTHS following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Yep, you read that right. Five and a half months. That’s almost 170 days without clean running water. She could probably teach a college course on how to survive a boil notice!
Now, just think what that means to a household like yours:
Can you imagine this nightmare continuing, week after week? Dirty dishes, laundry, smelly kids, the hassle of having to boil every ounce of water consumed — this would get old in a matter of hours. The only way to survive is to be prepared and know exactly what to do.
In Jennifer’s case, her town had to share a large generator with another town. This generator was all they had to pump large amounts of water through a filtering system. The water had to be shared with every household and then they had to wait until it was their turn for more clean water!
If this sounds crazy to you, well, that’s life following a major natural disaster, but you would be surprised by how often boil orders are issued here in the U.S. and around the world. Just a very quick DuckDuckGo search for “boil notices 2018” turned up over a couple dozen in locations from Florida to Washington. One community has on their website this statement, “Precautionary “Boil Water” notices are issued almost every week, and most of these breaks only affect small isolated areas.”
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