16 October, 2019 14:04
As storm season approaches, residents in the south east are reminded to store enough water in their emergency kit in case of extreme summer weather.
Despite the ongoing dry conditions, the south east could still experience storms and heavy, sudden downpours which can impact essential services including water and sewerage.
Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said that while thirsty lawns and gardens would welcome a bit of rain, residents should be prepared.
“Queensland’s iconic summer storms are often associated with power outages, but severe weather can also impact water and sewerage services,” she said.
“When you’re packing your torch and radio into your emergency kit, remember to also store at least three days of drinking water for everyone in your home, including pets.
“We recommend about 10 litres per person, but you may need more if someone in your family has a condition which accentuates dehydration such as diabetes.”
If there’s a power outage, water supply can be affected because water boosters in the network need electricity to operate.
Ms Cull said residents should also do a few simple checks around their home to prepare for storm season.
“We’re urging everyone to make sure their downpipes are not connected to the sewerage network, as stormwater can inundate sewer pipes,” she said.
“Also check your overflow relief gully (ORG) is raised and clear of debris to prevent sewage backing up inside your home during heavy rain.”
Bottled water can be stored for up to two years. If you’re filling your own containers it’s a good idea to use food-grade jerry cans and refresh them every three months.
Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and chemicals.
Urban Utilities joined the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to launch Get Ready Week, which runs from October 13 to 19, 2019.
The week coincides with the release of Bureau of Meteorology’s National Cyclone and Severe Storm Seasonal Outlook.