Emergency Drinking Water – Do You Have It?

Emergency Drinking Water – Do You Have It?

Emergency Drinking Water – Do You Have It?
By Robert N. Perry

A standard home water heater can provide between 30 and 60 or more gallons of clean emergency drinking water. However, making advance preparations before a disaster strikes can avert the need to drain your water heater.

Under normal circumstances, we usually don’t give a second thought to our immediate access to healthy drinking water. However, when we lose access to clean, safe drinking water, which can happen in an instant, the lack of healthy water can immediately become a health emergency. We’re not only inconvenienced but also at risk for contracting disease from impure water.

Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and winter storms are examples of natural disasters that can interrupt your supply of clean water. Disruption of your normal water supply may be no more than a hassle for a short period of time. On the other hand, you might find yourself without access to clean drinking water for days or even weeks.

Your household should have an adequate supply of emergency drinking water to meet the needs of each member of your home during these urgent circumstances. It’s possible that you may be able to purchase bottled drinking water or distilled water at the time of need, but stores typically quickly sell out during a crisis situation. And if your local supermarket or convenience store has plenty of clean drinking water, emergency situations are often such that you’re unable to safely travel to a store.

Everyone’s needs for water can vary depending upon age, physical condition, activity level, diet and climate. Most people need to drink at least eight 8-ounce cups of water each day. Remember, however, that if electricity is lost during the emergency, hot environments can double the amount of water needed.

The quantity of water you need will also depend on the total amount of juices, soups, other drinks, and high moisture foods that are available. Children, nursing mothers, and ill household members will need more. You can minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing your activity level if possible. A good rule of thumb is to store at least one gallon of water per person, per day of anticipated need.

Be sure to also plan for clean water for your pets. You should allow one quart per day for each animal.

It’s recommended that you have three days of emergency drinking water on hand for each member of your household. However, if you receive advance notice of an impending emergency such as a hurricane or winter storm, having two or even three weeks’ supply of emergency water available is a wise plan.


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