HOLT, Fla., Sept. 6, 2017—Although Hurricane Irma is no longer a threat to the Holt community, it’s helpful for more than 3,000 customers to know water shouldn’t be a concern should a storm land here.
“Holt water will continue to flow during a hurricane,” said Donna Ash, Holt Water Works Inc. manager. “We don’t anticipate any interruptions.”
In preparation for a possible visit by Hurricane Irma, the water utility went over its emergency plans, checked generators and diesel supply, and updated contact numbers with Okaloosa County emergency services.
“The only way we’ll lose water is if an electrical storm strikes the well and it’s totally damaged,” Ash said.
Which has happened before, she said. In fact, one strike took out the generator, but an older back-up generator was used until repairs could be made.
Holt has two well heads with water towers, both with back-up generators. Holt Water doesn’t manage any large bodies of water reservoirs. All Holt water is drawn directly from the Florida aquifer more than 670 feet deep.
If a water tower is blown over or lightning strikes a well pump, Holt Water will notify the local community about any water interruptions.
“We’ll ask people to conserve water,” said Ash. “We’ll use local radio, TV, word of mouth, go door to door, to get the word out.”
Recommended water-related hurricane preparations include drawing drinking water in clean, sanitized containers and filling bath tubs to use for flushing toilets.