Emergency Water Sources
Even without emergency water storage, you should be aware of some potential emergency water sources that are often overlooked. These emergency water sources in your home are not sufficient for even a short term solution, but, depending on the number of people in your home and your actions in the event of an emergency, they could give you a day or more of water.
In an emergency situation, the ideal is to shut off your water main to prevent any contaminated water from infiltrating your home water system.
Shutting off the water main should keep outside, possibly contaminated, water from entering into your home's system. Because it is possible your home's water could have become tainted, it's never a bad idea to boil the water before you drink or use it for cooking.
You can access water from a few different “emergency water sources” in your home. Some are ready-to-drink and other sources need to be treated before using. Two possible ready-to-drink sources are from the water pipes and the water heater tank. I say “possible” because it’s also possible contaminated water from the main could have also contaminated your home’s water system.
Other emergency water sources should be treated, filtered and disinfected, before use. These include toilet tanks, pools, and other water sources such as rainwater, streams, ponds, lakes, or springs.
Emergency Water Source- Water Pipes
Emergency Water Source - Water Heater
Emergency Water Sources - Other
Other Emergency Water Sources
- Rivers, streams, or other sources of moving water.
- Lakes and ponds.
- Natural springs.
- Don’t use water that has an odor, is dark colored, or has floating material (like oil).
- Don’t drink flood water.
- Don’t use saltwater unless you distill it first.