Aqua Pennsylvania Urges Preparedness as Hurricane Season Begins

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BRYN MAWR, PA — With the Atlantic hurricane season officially underway, Aqua Pennsylvania is urging customers to prepare their homes and families for potential storms.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts an 85 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season. This includes 17 to 25 total named storms, with 8 to 13 expected to become hurricanes. Out of these, 4 to 7 may develop into major hurricanes.

“Hurricanes can cause significant disruptions to our community, including potential impacts on our water and wastewater infrastructure,” said Aqua Pennsylvania President Marc Lucca. “By following these simple tips, you can help ensure your family has access to safe water during and after a storm.”

Aqua Pennsylvania cautions that power outages during storms can disrupt drinking water delivery and wastewater treatment. Severe weather poses risks, especially in coastal areas or those near surface water bodies. Customers should take proactive steps to anticipate possible water service interruptions.

Aqua offers these preparation tips:

  1. Store water for essential use: Fill clean containers like pots, jugs, and even bathtubs with water before a storm hits. This reserve can be crucial if service is interrupted.
  2. Sign up for water emergency alerts: Register for Aqua’s WaterSmart alerts for updates on service disruptions and boil water advisories. Check Aqua’s new ePortal for targeted updates and service disruption maps.
  3. Know what to do during a boil water advisory: If advised to boil water, disinfect tap water by bringing it to a rolling boil for two minutes and then letting it cool. Young infants and pregnant women should use bottled or stored water instead.
  4. Create an emergency plan: Establish a plan for evacuation, gathering supplies, and communicating with family. Practice this plan to ensure readiness.
  5. Review health and home insurance policies: Understand your coverage for water damage and other storm-related losses. Set aside emergency funds if possible.
  6. Prepare your sewer line: In low-lying areas prone to sewer backups, consider installing a check valve or isolation valve in your sewer line with the help of a local plumber.

Aqua Pennsylvania remains committed to providing safe and reliable water service throughout hurricane season. By taking these steps now, residents can better manage potential challenges.

Hurricane season in Pennsylvania runs from June 1 through November 30, peaking from mid-August through October. The 2024 season is predicted to be “extremely active” due to a La Niña climate pattern, which may increase the likelihood of major hurricanes making landfall. Residents, particularly those near the coast, should stay prepared and informed as the season progresses.

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