For the past day, businesses and residents in the Tinton Falls area–hometown of Today’s Facility Manager, the TFM Show, and Business Facilities–have been suffering the inconveniences associated with a major water main break. Water was completely out most of the afternoon on 9/19/05, and people are now being asked to boil water before drinking it.
Those of us in the office have been making jokes about the situation, particularly in light of the excess water brought about by Katrina and now Rita, although it was a rather uncomfortable afternoon for many. As for the boil alert, some people are taking time to stop by and pick up bottled water to drink.
Still, there is a larger question associated with hygiene, safety, productivity, and other facility related issues. Have you ever come across a situation like this in your facilities? If so, how did/would you handle it?