Here in the US, we Americans use an average of 100 gallons per day for washing, cooking, cleaning, drinking, (and lawn watering). It’s easy to take clean water for granted, especially when all we have to do is turn a valve and copious amounts of water flow from the faucet. But according to the United Nations nearly 900 million people in other parts of the world do not have access to the daily minimum water requirement of 5-13 clean and safe gallons.
Whether your area experiences an earthquake, tornado, or a boil order, it’s good to know what to do in the event of a natural disaster when it comes to having clean water to for drinking, bathing and cooking. Here are the steps to take should you need to purify your water:
1. Fill a large pot with water, straining the water through cheesecloth or a coffee filter to remove particles and dirt.
2. Bring the water to a rolling boil and keep boiling for 1 minute.
3. Allow water to cool and then pour into a disinfected drinking water bottle or container.
4. Store in your refrigerator if possible.
Follow these steps to purify water using chlorine bleach:
1. Strain water through cheesecloth or a coffee filter to remove particles and dirt.
2. Pour 1/8 teaspoon or 16 drops of pure, unscented chlorine bleach into gallon size water containers. Allow this to stand for 30 minutes without drinking the water.
3. If the water isn’t cloudy, it is safe to drink. But if the water is still cloudy after 30 minutes, add 1/8 teaspoon or 16 drops of chlorine bleach to the water and allow to stand for another 30 minutes. If the water is still cloudy after the second treatment, do not drink the water.
Caution: Using more chlorine bleach than recommended can be poisonous.