After a disaster water is both extremely scarce and important to your survival. In some cases you may run low or even completely exhaust your supply of drinking water be things return to normal.
If this is the case you will need to know how to treat any available water before using it to cook, drink or brushing your teeth.
Here are some quick tips for treating water:
- First, if you can't find clear water or the water is cloudy you should filter the water through clean clothes, towels or other cloth. If nothing is available to filter the water allow the water to settle and draw off clear water for boiling.
- Next, if possible boil the water for one minute. Then allow it to cool and transfer to clean containers.
- If you are unable to boil water, you can use house hold bleach (use only regular bleach, do not use scented or color safe bleach, these contain other chemicals that may be harmful) add 8 drops or 1/8 of a teaspoon for each gallon of water to be treated. Let stand for 30 minutes and then transfer to clean containers.
This should cover the basics but if you want more information see the links below which are PDF's from the EPA on the treatment of water.