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Three Ways to Get Clean Water During an Emergency

As a result of constant change and unpredictability, we don’t always know when to expect a storm or natural disaster’s arrival and force. Tornadoes can be spawned in a matter of minutes, earthquakes are almost entirely random, hurricanes can move fluidly and largely fluctuate in power. Understanding weather phenomena is extremely difficult, even for experts in the field. As a citizen, all you can try to be is prepared for any situation at any point.

However, sometimes preemptive preparation is impossible or simply ignored. Under those circumstances, it is essential to be educated on how to use the present resources to adapt and overcome.

Access to clean water is necessary for living and is not always available. In the case that drinkable water is not ready for consumption, knowing how to generate your own could save a life. The first, and easiest, way to get clean water is to boil it. Boiling water eliminates all pathogenic bacteria and viruses that might be present within the water.

If there is no available stovetop or flame to boil the water, using an unscented chlorine bleach solution whose intent is to disinfect (as indicated on the label) is also effective. While this method does involve minor risk, as putting too much bleach can we extremely dangerous, the ratio of bleach to water is fairly simple, two drops of bleach for every quart of water.

While most homes do have bleach in them, it is possible that neither a heat source nor an excess of bleach is available in the event of an emergency. If this is the case, the best way to ensure the cleanliness of the drinking water is filtration. Use a towel, cloth, or filter paper, tie it over a bowl, and slowly pour the water on top of the fabric and into the bowl. The material will filter out most of the potentially harmful organisms within the water.