Hurricane Aftermath

Drinking Safe Water

8/29/2011

After a natural disaster, water may not be safe to use. Germs and chemicals may be in the water.
 
  • Listen to local officials to find out if your water is safe.
  • Listen for announcements from local officials to find out what to do. They will tell you if there are germs and/or chemicals in the water.
  • Boil water if instructed. Boil it for at least 1 minute (start counting when the water comes to a constant boil). Let the water cool sufficiently before drinking. Boiling kills germs in the water.
  • Use bottled water if instructed. Sometimes after a disaster, there may be chemicals in the water that boiling cannot remove. Breast-feed or use ready-made formula. If you must use water to make formula, use only commercially-bottled water until officials say your tap water is safe to drink.
  • Never drink the water unless you know it is safe.
  • Never wash or clean dishes, utensils, toys, or other objects in the water unless you know it is safe.
  • Never bathe in the water unless you know it is safe.
  • Never cook with the water unless you know it is safe.
  • Never brush your teeth with the water unless you know it is safe.
  • Never use the water to make ice unless you know it is safe.

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