Filtering Water In Case of Emergency
In Case of Emergency
While our job is to make homes as safe and comfortable as possible by installing water filtration systems that provide pure water straight from the faucet, it’s important to properly prepare for disasters which could cause that system to fail. Having access to clean, drinkable water in an emergency is your most valuable asset. For that reason, it’s important to have an emergency water supply and understand where to find clean water if that supply runs out or becomes contaminated. This week we’re walking you through your family’s emergency water plan.
How much to keep on hand?
You never know what type of an emergency might occur, which is why we always recommend storing as much safe water as possible. In Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska, floods and tornadoes are the greatest threat, either of which could contaminate water supplies. We also understand that most families don’t have enough storage to keep gallons upon gallons of stored water in their basement or bathroom closet.
In general, the rule of thumb is to always store at least one gallon of water per person and pet in your family. This can vary depending on various factors such as if a family member is pregnant, sick, or if you live in an extremely hot climate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends keeping enough water for 2-weeks for your whole family (including animals) to survive on, but add that a 3-day supply would be plenty for most emergency situations.
We’re here to share some tips water for emergency situations.
Never ration drinking water
Unless you’re directly told to by authorities, never ration water amongst your family for drinking purposes. Drink enough water to fulfill your needs, and worry about finding water for the next day once you begin running low.
It’s okay to be suspicious
If you have access to clean water, consume it first before opting for any cloudy or suspicious water. Emergency situations are unpredictable, and there’s a chance the situation will resolve itself before you must worry about purifying your unclean water sources.
Avoid dehydrating beverages
You might feel tempted to choose the soda in your fridge or the fresh coffee over a glass of water. However, if an emergency situation is making water hard to come by, it’s best to consume more water than other beverages which could cause dehydration.
Keep cleaning materials available
Bleach doesn’t just work to clean your kitchen, it can kill the microorganisms in your water as well. By keeping regular household liquid bleach that is unscented in your home, you can clean cloudy water and make it drinkable. The CDC recommends using no more than 1/4 tsp. of bleach per gallon of water, as adding too much can be extremely dangerous. Check out all of their recommendations here.
Here at Quality Water Services, we know the value of clean and accessible water. It’s important to remember that emergency situations could prevent access to that valuable resource. Prepare now for the future, and rest easy at night knowing your family will always have the water they need, no matter what emergency might occur. In the meantime, you can contact Quality Water Services today to talk about your water filtration system installation and options!