30 Jun 2014

Emergency Water Supplies

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Storms, natural disasters, and other emergencies can affect your home’s drinking water supply, whether you rely on a private well or a public municipal source. Having a plan in place that you and your family know how to follow can save your household time, stress, and preventable risks in a water shortage crisis.

 

C&J Well Company offers some advice and considerations for planning ahead in case a water emergency ever occurs.

 

  • Our bodies can last a lot longer without food than they can go without water. It is smart to have an adequate supply of clean water stored at home. The average person needs about half a gallon of water a day, but that amount can change depending on a number of factors, like age, health, and the environment outside. Don’t forget your pets!
  • Remember, you don’t just need clean water to drink. It is also a vital resource for things like cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene. If you can, store at least a gallon of water per person in your household, per day. A two-week supply for each person at home is great, but if you can’t store that much water, store as much as you can.
  • When storing water, consider where and how it will be stored. Bottled water you can buy at the supermarket is ideal. Keep water bottles sealed and stored in a cool, dark place, and pay attention to the expiration date.
  • If you rely on reusable containers to store potable water, don’t use milk or juice containers made from plastic or cardboard. Both promote bacterial growth when filled with water. Instead, use two-liter soda bottles or containers specifically designed for food-grade water storage. Regardless of what reusable containers you choose, make sure to thoroughly disinfect and clean them before use.
  • Rationing water is not recommended, even in emergency situations. Drink the amount of water you need each day, and continue searching for fresh sources for tomorrow. Instead of rationing water, limit physical activity and stay cool. This will help reduce the amount of water your body needs.
  • Additional sources of fresh water around the home may include:
    • Ice cubes
    • Water heater tanks
    • Water trapped in plumbing pipes
    • Rainwater
    • Water wells
    • Rivers, lakes, streams & ponds

You should avoid drinking water from the following sources:

  • Toilets
  • Swimming pools/hot tubs
  • Fish tanks/aquariums
  • Waterbeds
  • Stagnant water
  • Flood water
  • Always treat water when the cleanliness of its source is in question. Contaminated water may be cloudy or have floating material in it, smell bad, or taste bad. Even if uncertain water looksokay, it still may be unsafe to drink. Water treatment methods include:
    • Filtering through commercial filters, clean clothes, layers of paper towels, or coffee filters.
    • Bringing water to a rolling boil for at least one full minute.
    • Chlorinating water with 1/8 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water. Stir or shake and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
    • Using commercially available treatment products containing iodine or other chemicals.
    • Distilling water by boiling it and then collecting the condensed vapor.

 

Water shortage emergencies are a frightening time for all involved. To ensure the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones, plan ahead and regularly review the plan so that everyone in your family knows what to do should an emergency ever happen.

 

For more information on managing your water, click here: http://www.ready.gov/managing-water

 

To learn more about ways to treat and protect your home’s drinking water, talk to C&J Well Company. Thinking about getting away from municipal water sources and investing in a private water well? C&J Well Co. can help you with every step in the process. We also offer a variety of products and solutions for home water treatment. Stay safe, be prepared, and know where your water comes from!