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Build an Emergency Water Supply

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It's a hurricane precaution that's been passed down through the generations, filling the family bathtub to store an emergency water supply. But these days, there's a much more safe, healthy and efficient method.  Here are some tips from the LSU Ag Center on how to do it.

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To prepare the safest and most reliable emergency supply of water, it is recommended that you purchase commercially bottled water. Keep bottled water in its original container, and do not open it until you need to use it.

If you are preparing your own containers of water, use food-grade water storage containers obtained from a variety of sources, including surplus or camping supplies stores for water storage. If you decide to re-use storage containers, choose two-liter plastic soft drink bottles – not plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. The reason is that milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from these containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them. Cardboard containers leak easily and are not designed for long-term storage of liquids. Also, do not use glass containers, because they are heavy and may break.

Thoroughly clean the bottles with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.

Additionally, for plastic soft drink bottles, sanitize the bottles by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart (1/4 gallon) of water. Swish the sanitizing solution in the bottle so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitizing the bottle and cap, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water.

Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. (If your water company treats your tap water with chlorine or other sanitizer, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it safe.) If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to each gallon of water.

Tightly close the container using the original cap. Be careful not to contaminate the cap by touching the inside of it with your fingers. Write the date on the outside of the container so that you know when you filled it. Store in a cool, dark place.

Replace the water every six months if not using commercially bottled water.

Submitted by Blue Rolfes

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