After a major storm you must assume that all water sources are contaminated until proven safe. Purify all water used for drinking, cooking and for washing eating and cooking utensils. Also purify the water used for washing hands, body and kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Do not use water that has a dark color, an odor, or contains floating material.
To disinfect water, use ONE of the following methods:
Thoroughly mix these solutions and let the water stand for at least 30 minutes before using. To lessen the flat taste of boiled water, pour the water back and forth several times between two clean containers.
Always use clean or purified water to wash any parts of the body that have come in contact with surfaces contaminated by flood waters.
Water in water pipes and toilet flush tanks (not bowls) is safe to drink if the valve on the main water line was closed before the flood.
Publication #: 490-301
Based on information developed by Clemson Cooperative Extension following Hurricane Hugo. Revised for Virginia audiences by Virginia Cooperative Extension.
For more information, contact your local office of Virginia Cooperative Extension.
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