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Maintaining a Clean Water Supply in Case of a Natural Disaster

There are many types of natural disasters that can affect various parts of the world. Some of the worst ones include hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. What if you were affected by one of these disasters? Would you have the clean drinking water available that your family is going to need? In any type of disaster, water fast becomes the most needed commodity, so it's important for you to plan for the possibility. Keep a good supply of clean drinking water in your home, and look for other sources you could use if the public water system would become out of commission. The list below will help you make a plan to provide for your water needs.

Putting Together a List of Sources of Clean Water

If you hear about an impending emergency, immediately take steps to stockpile as much clean drinking water as you can:

* Fill containers with ice water and place them in your refrigerator and freezer. You'll be able to melt the ice later in order to have the drinking water you need.

* Purchase a good supply of bottled water and ice.

* Use bleach to clean your bathtub, and then fill it with water.

* Fill any large, clean receptacles that you have with water.

Finding Water Sources that aren't so Obvious

Have you ever thought about other places in your home where you can find clean water? If not, now's the time to acquaint yourself with some of them, because someday they could make a big difference in your family's well-being.

* There is clean water in your toilet tank (not the water in the bowl!). If you've kept the tank clean and not added chemical cleansing agents to it, the water will be perfectly safe to drink.

* At any given time there is a quantity of water in your water pipes waiting be to run into your home. In an emergency situation you can drain this water out for use. Place a large container under the lowest-level faucet in your home. Go up and turn on the highest faucet which will release the air pressure within the pipes allowing the water to flow into your container. For homes with only one story, simply drain each faucet.

* You will be able to drain a large amount of water from your hot water heater. Shut off the power and allow the water to cool. Open the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and allow the water to drain into a large, clean container.

Since you might feel better if you sterilize some of the water you can retrieve from within the plumbing system in your home, you can always keep a supply of chemical purification tables with your emergency supplies for use if needed.

Outside Water Sources Which are Safe

It's possible that during an emergency situation you may not be able to use the water sources within your home at all. Therefore, you need to know where you can find clean water outside of your home. Some common sources that you can use include: