- Access reserves in the water heater by opening the spigot at the bottom of the tank, attach a garden hose and strain the water through a coffee filter or clean cloth.
- Before you access the water in your plumbing, locate the water inlet/shutoff value for house, condominium or apartment and turn off the water.
- Pools, spas, waterbeds and similar sources of water can be used for sanitary purposes only. Do not drink the water from these sources.
RATIOS FOR PURIFYING WATER WITH BLEACH
WATER QUANTITY BLEACH ADDED
1 Quart 4 Drops
1 Gallon 16 Drops
5 Gallons 1 Teaspoon
After adding bleach, shake or stir the water container. Let stand 30 minutes before drinking.
Emergency Outdoor Water Sources
If you need to find water outside your home, you can use these sources. Be sure to treat the water according to the instructions on the next page before drinking it.
- Streams, rivers, and other moving bodies of water
- Ponds and lakes
- Natural springs
Avoid water with floating material, an odor, or dark color. Use saltwater only if you distill it first. You should not drink flood water.