Storing an adequate amount of drinking water should be part of your family’s emergency kit. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and even power outages can interrupt the flow of water. Depending on your personal circumstances, you should store enough water for no less than three days and no more than 14 days.
The average American household uses an average of two gallons of water each day for drinking and cooking. To determine your exact usage, conduct a two-day test measuring the water you use to drink, brush your teeth and cook and cleanup. Store the water either in new containers or containers used to store drinking water.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Don't use discarded plastic milk containers for water storage because bacteria could grow in them.
- Make sure containers are airtight.
- Store them in a cool location, and change them every few months to keep the water fresh.
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