Superstorm: Make Sure Tap Water is Safe

Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 06:11 AM

 

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During natural disasters like superstorm Sandy, tap water can become contaminated and unsafe to drink. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises checking with your local officials to determine water safety.

Boiling water for one minute can make it safe. A small amount of bleach can make water safe as well, but be sure never to mix it with ammonia or other cleaners. When you use bleach, let in fresh air by opening windows. Please note that water contaminated by fuel or other toxic chemicals cannot be made safe by boiling or disinfecting it.

On its website, the CDC further advises:

If tap water is clear:
1. Use bleach that does not have an added scent (like lemon).
2. Add 1/8 teaspoon (8 drops or about 0.75 milliliters) of household liquid bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
3. Mix well and wait 30 minutes or more before drinking.

If tap water is cloudy:
1. Use bleach that does not have an added scent (like lemon).
2. Add 1/4 teaspoon (16 drops or 1.5 milliliters) of household liquid bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.
3. Mix well and wait 30 minutes or more before drinking.

Remember that containers may need to be sanitized before using them to store safe water:
1. Use bleach that does not have an added scent (like lemon).
2. Add 1 teaspoon (64 drops or 5 milliliters) of household liquid bleach to 1 quart (32 oz, 4 cups, or about 1 liter) of water.
3. Pour this into a clean storage container and shake well, making sure that the solution coats the entire inside of the container.
4. Let sit at least 30 seconds, and then pour out solution.
5. Let air dry OR rinse with clean water that has already been made safe, if available.

For more information about staying safe during a natural disaster, go here.








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