The Clayton County Water Authority and Clayton County Board of Commissioners will open two water distribution sites for a short time today, Wednesday, December 28.

You do not need to show proof of residence at the CCWA distribution sites. They will be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., or until supplies run out:

Riverdale

Station 4: 1034 E. Fayetteville Road

Jonesboro

Station 13: 264 North Main Street

CCWA staff and Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services personnel are staffing the sites, where they will load one case of bottled water per vehicle.

Forest Park

A separate water distribution for residents of Forest Park will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or until supplies run out) at the Forest Park Recreation Center parking lot, 803 Forest Pkwy. This water comes from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

This distribution site is for Forest Park residents only and you must show proof of residence to get one case of bottled water per vehicle. Forest Park Police, Fire and Emergency Services, and CERT volunteers will load the water for you.

If you have water pressure

People with water pressure can still collect water in clean containers, boil it for one minute, let it cool, then transfer the water to sterile containers for storage. Use that water for drinking, brushing teeth, making baby formula or ice, and watering pets.

You need to boil the water to kill any germs that might have entered through breaks in the main lines.

You also can bathe by pouring a little of that water onto a washcloth or sponge and adding a little soap. Wash yourself, then rinse the washcloth or sponge, wipe off the soap, and rinse again. Hang the wet washcloth or sponge to dry.

If you prefer, you can use baby wipes or personal wipes to clean yourself. Do not use wipes that are made for cleaning countertops or other surfaces because they contain harsh chemicals like bleach that can hurt your skin.

Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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