HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Board of Water Supply (BWS) urges residents to have their emergency preparedness kits ready. The kit should include at least one gallon of water stored, per person, per day for at least five to seven days, for drinking and sanitation purposes.
To properly store water, you should:
The BWS is also asking customers to stay tuned to news reports. BWS, in coordination with the City Department of Emergency Management (DEM), will issue bulletins and advisories, including when to take precautionary measures to secure an adequate water supply. If everyone uses water wisely during the pre-emergency situation, the BWS's storage tanks and reservoirs will be better able to meet the essential demands of the community.
If a storm hits Oahu, causing a power outage, the following should be implemented:
- Stay tuned to news reports.
- During an electrical power outage keep water use to an absolute minimum. If electrical service has been disrupted, the outage will also affect BWS’s pumps and equipment.
- Immediately begin water conservation measures. Use water sparingly. Water should be used for essentials: cooking, drinking and sanitation. Do not wash cars or water lawns.
- Turn off or disconnect any devices or fixtures that regularly draw water. Such devices include automatic icemakers and irrigation systems.
- Keep toilet flushing to a minimum.
More emergency preparedness information is available at
. The BWS is actively monitoring Tropical Storm Iselle and is coordinating our emergency response plan with the DEM.