So…just what, exactly, is potable water? That term is thrown around whenever folks start talking emergency preparedness, and it’s really just a strange reference for a simple concept. Potablewater is …. water which is fit for consumption by humans and other animals. Period.
The term is simple, but sometimes the acquisition is not. We do not necessarily have a challenge getting water in Cordova, but getting potable water may be another story altogether. Especially in an emergency situation.
Having an ample supply of water in any emergency is a top priority, so it is advisable to store it in preparation. Normally, a person who is active will drink two quarts of water each day (or least that person should be). Children, nursing moms, and ill people require even more. As a rule, there should be one gallon/person/day stored. And there should be two weeks worth of water stored for each member of the family.
Here are some guidelines:
- Store water in clean “food grade” plastic containers with tight-fitting lids …but do not use plastic milk bottles. 2- litre pop containers are perfect.
- You may also store water in glass, fiberglass, or enamel-lined metal containers.
- Never use a container that has held a toxic substance.
- Seal water containers tightly, and label them with the current date.
- Store the water in a cool, dark place (closet or cupboard).
- Do not add bleach to the water from a commercial utility, but do add ¼ teaspoon bleach to every gallon of spring water that you store.
- Remember to empty and refill every 6 months
Should a disaster happen in Cordova, use that stored water. And don’t be shy about it. Interestingly enough, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advocates that if supplies run low, we are never to ration water. Drink what you need today, and make all efforts to find more for tomorrow. That’s how important water is to our bodies. Every day.
So, store your water. Be prudent. Be ready. Be prepared.