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EMWD Encourages Emergency Preparedness


Perris, CA (September 8, 2021) — Eastern Municipal Water District encourages its customers to take a moment throughout National Preparedness Month this September to ensure they are ready in the event of a major emergency – such as an earthquake – that could result in an extended disruption of water service.

In the event of an emergency, EMWD crews will work quickly and safely to restore water service as soon as possible. However, a large earthquake or other disaster could result in delays to services being restored that would require customers to have supplies on hand to meet their basic needs.

Households are encouraged to have enough bottled water on hand to last up to three days. A typical emergency supply is one gallon per person, per day. Additional water should be kept on hand for pets or those with medical issues.

To prepare emergency supplies of tap water, customers may follow these simple steps:

  • Use two-liter soda bottles, as they are made from long-lasting plastic that will not impart taste or cause discoloration if properly cleaned.
  • Wash the bottles using mild dish soap and sanitize them using 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach in one quart of water. Cover the bottle, rinse and drain it, and let it air dry.
  • Fill each container with tap water and seal, leaving as little space for air as possible.
  • Store each container in a cool, dark place that will be easily accessible in an emergency. Be sure to label each container with the date it was filled. Water should be replaced every six months.

“Living in California, it is important that we each take a moment to prepare for a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a wildfire,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “Having an emergency supply of tap water and other supplies on hand is a proactive way to ensure your family is cared for in the event of a major emergency.”

More information about National Preparedness Month may be found at

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Eastern Municipal Water District is the water, wastewater service and recycled water provider to nearly one million 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 diverse customers and the communities we serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water services.”
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