Saturday 31 October, 2020

Hurricane Tip from BWA: Store at least 5 gallons of water per person

A community tank in St Joseph (FILE)

A community tank in St Joseph (FILE)

Barbadians are urged to store an adequate supply of water during this hurricane season.

The timely reminder comes as Tropical Storm Gonzalo approaches Barbados and the Windward island. Barbados is currently under Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning.

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The Barbados Water Authority advises the public to "store an adequate supply of water for yourself, your family and your pets."

How much water should you store?

The recommended amount is five (5) gallons per person per day for at least five (5) days.

How should you store the water?

Water should be stored in clean, covered containers.

What happens with the community water tanks?

The new Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams on Thursday (July 23) said that the community tanks will be filled ahead of the arrival of TS Gonzalo.

The BWA has today, Friday (July 24), has further assured citizens that not only will the tanks be filled, but they will be "secured prior to the passage of the storm in an effort to prevent the tanks from becoming missiles and to ensure that the water is available for use after the storm."

Emergency contact

Should anyone need to report an emergency in the aftermath of the storm, they are advised to call (246) 836-4655; 836-4683; 836-4766 or 836-4900. 

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