Safe Use of Water Containers
Alternate Emergency Water Sources Inside and Outside Your Home
If a disaster catches you without a stored supply of clean water, you can use the water in--
To use the water in your hot-water tank, be sure the electricity or gas is off, then open the drain at the bottom of the tank. Start the water flowing by turning off the water intake valve at the tank and turning on a hot-water faucet. Refill the tank before turning the gas or electricity back on. If the gas is turned off, only a professional can turn it back on.
To use the water in your pipes, identify and turn on the highest faucet in your home to let air into the plumbing. You then can get water from the lowest faucet.
If you need to find water outside your home, try
Ways to Make Outdoor Water Safer
Note: These instructions are not for treating water to be stored, only for emergencies when no other water is available.
Untreated water can make you very sick. Besides having a bad odor and taste, it can contain toxic chemicals, heavy metals and germs that cause such diseases as dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis. Before drinking outdoor water, using it in food preparation or for hygiene, make it safer to use by