EMERGENCY DRINKING WATER 

Most people take their drinking water for granted and rarely think about where it comes from. However, this is a mistake, as there are numerous disaster scenarios that could leave you without water, even if you use the same municipal supply as the rest of the city you live in. Not only is water essential for tasks like cooking and maintaining personal hygiene, but it is also necessary for staying alive. While a person can survive for a weeks or longer without food, you can only survive for a few days without water.

In certain situations, emergency drinking water is the most important thing you can have. It is important for everyone to store emergency drinking water in their home, but it is especially important for people who live in areas that are at high risk for natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. As you will learn from this article, there are ways of obtaining some drinkable water from various places in and around your home, but this water will not last long, and keeping a supply of emergency drinking water is ideal and could save your life.

If you do happen to find yourself in an emergency situation in which your tap water is not working or is not safe to drink, and you have not stored emergency drinking water or you have already consumed it all, there are a few places around the house where you can find water, like in your water heater and in your toilet tank (not bowl). Drinking water from either of these sources is not recommended unless it is an emergency, and even then it is best to boil and/or filter the water first if you have the mean, When you are using the boiling method of emergency water purification, make sure you get the water hot enough to kill all microbes. 185° F is hot enough to kill most bacteria after a few minutes, but it is a good idea to make sure you get it to a full, boiling 212° F just to make sure. Emergency drinking water can also be purified using chemicals like iodine and chlorine, but using chemicals is less effective than the boiling technique. Still, it is a good idea to keep one or both of these chemicals on-hand.

In many areas, water can also be found in lakes, ponds, creeks, and rivers. Although most of this water is not safe to drink straight from the source, the chemical and thermal treatments discussed above can sometimes be used to make it safe. However, if you do not have access to fire, a burner, or purifying chemicals like iodine and chlorine, or if the source you are taking water from has too many non-biological contaminants in it, like chemicals and sediment, you might consider using some kind of filtration system, Emergency water filters can be bought in stores or online, and they vary based on how much they allow to pass through. The benefit of a filter that allows very little to pass through is that you get cleaner water. The downfall is that it is slower and gets dirty easier. Since you never know what kind of water you might end up drinking in an emergency, it is a good idea to buy several different kinds of filters



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