Do you know:

  • Depending on it's efficiency, it takes 1.5 to 3 gallons to flush a toilet?
  • You should store a half-gallon of drinking water per family member per day for an emergency?
  • A dog requires 2 ounces of water per pound/per day.  A 50 lb. dog would require 2.5 liters/10.5 cups/0.6 gallons per day?
  • Are you prepared?

PC160104Please store enough water for a minimum of three  days, preferably longer!

The wind storm of December, 2006 took out a lot of the power grids in our area.  Some people were without power for eight days.  Our facilities have auxiliary power generators so water and wastewater kept flowing,  but that may not always be the case.  In the event of a major earthquake, damage to our distribution system could cause you to be without service.  How long could you stay in your house without running water? 


Please prepare!  Water is not only for drinking.  You will need it for…

Personal Hygiene    Cooking  •  Cleaning Pets

Ways to Store Water

Store tap water yourself.  Check our brochure to see how to do it safely;

Buy bottled water and rotate it annually.  All water bottles, whether individually packaged in a case or in larger jugs purchased at a store, are BPA free. 

Preparedness Video Clips

This series of "How To" video clips demonstrates easy step-by-step instructions to help you in the event of a disaster.PC160102

Turning off residential water

Draining your hot water heater (extra water during a disaster)

More Clips courtesy of Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division 

Related Links (multi-jurisdictional)
Emergency Resources  (EPA)
DHS Homeland Security Advisory System
Family Emergency Plan (pdf) US Dept. of Homeland Security
Public Schools Emergency Communication System  (Washington State Schools)
Federal Emergency Management Agency  (FEMA)
Together WE Prepare  Seattle Red Cross
Secure Your Water Heater (DOH)