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Cameron Co. Officials Create Plan after Hurricane Harvey

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SAN BENITO – Cameron County emergency officials are making sure there’s a drinking water plan in place in case of severe weather.

Cameron County emergency manager coordinator Tom Hushen told CHANNEL 5 NEWS several water chemical treatment providers in the Coastal Bend were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

He said without the proper treatment, water can’t be processed into drinking water.

The county and local water providers are now working together to re-evaluate their resources and emergency plans.

“All the water is treated with chemicals such as chlorine and alum. But what happens when supply companies can’t get down here because of a storm?” he said. “We want to make sure we have secondary options or making sure of what our storage capabilities are, and making sure we have enough chlorine and alum to get us through an emergency situation.”

Hushen added local water suppliers are in good standing when it comes to storage of adequate amounts of water in case of emergencies.

He said they stock up to a 30-day supply or more. 

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