Water During an Emergency
In emergency situations such as floods or any event that requires evacuation, the water supply might not be safe for drinking or using. Having a supply of clean drinking water is important when preparing for an emergency. Finding an alternative source of water or knowing how to treat contaminated water can also help in these situations.
Boiling, adding disinfectants, and filtering can help treat contaminated water in case of an emergency. Disinfection methods can kill harmful viruses and bacteria, but may not be as effective when controlling parasites such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia. In these cases, chlorine dioxide tablets can be used and are very effective as long as the manufacturer’s instructions are followed correctly.
It is important to note, however, that water that is contaminated with fuel, toxic chemicals, or radioactive material will not be made safe by boiling or disinfection. If the water is contaminated with fuel or toxic chemicals. It is best to find another source of water or use bottlewnstead.