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THE WATERWHEEL: A series dedicated to one of our most treasured resources - Water

THE WATERWHEEL - Storing Water for an Emergency

by Don Janssen, UNL Extension Educator

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Water WheelIf you want to store water for an emergency, start by selecting a clean food-grade plastic or glass container with a tight-fitting, screw-on cap. The container may be a plastic or glass container that previously held beverages, such as a 2-liter soda bottle or a water, juice, punch or milk jug. Also, you can buy a new plastic container for water storage in most sporting goods departments.

Prepare a sanitizing solution by mixing one teaspoon of household liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of tap water. Prepare enough sanitizing solution to completely fill the container. Pour the solution into the container and let it stand for two minutes.

Drain the container and fill it with potable tap water suitable for drinking and cooking. Place the cap on the container and attach a label describing the contents and when it was prepared. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Repeat the sanitizing procedure and replace the water supply every six months.

This article appeared in the NEBLINE Newsletter.


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