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Would you be ready if there was water contamination in your area?

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In January 2014, West Virginia experienced a chemical spill in their water system impacting approximately five of their counties. Unfortunately, this contamination prevented people from using the water to drink or wash their bodies, dishes, or clothes. As this story went nationwide, would you be ready if there was a water contamination in your area?

Agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) support and coordinates various emergency response and disasters. So let’s just focus on water, for you can live longer without food versus living without water.

Recommendations suggest to store one gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days. For long term water storage, consider rotating water every six (6) months. Conserving water everyday such as not leaving the water running while brushing your teeth, installing low flow faucets, washing clothes or dishes during full loads, and limit watering lawns can be beneficial as well. But what happens when the water runs out? What are some ways to purify drinking water?

There are various ways to purify drinking water such as boiling, bleaching, using a purifier, and distillation. Boiling water for at least ten (10) minutes, or adding ten (10) to twenty (20) drops of household ‘regular’ bleach per gallon of water, or using purification tablets are a few ways to create drinking water.

So to answer the question, would you be ready if there was water contamination in your area? After reading this article, the answer is yes.



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