Water, Water, Water: Fairfax Prepares Day 13

Posted 3:48 p.m.

day 13 iconWe all need water. It’s that simple.

Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Your regular water source could be cut-off or compromised through contamination. During the June derecho storm, portions of Tysons Corner and Merrifield were under a boil water advisory.

To determine your household water needs, take the following into account:

  • One gallon of water per person (and pet) per day is recommended for drinking and sanitation.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person and pet in your home.
  • Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more water.
  • A medical emergency might require additional water.

Cups of water

You should purchase commercially bottled water to prepare the safest and most reliable water supply during an emergency. Keep bottled water in its original container and do not open until you need to use it. Observe the expiration or “use by” date. Store in cool, dark place.

We can’t emphasize enough how important water is during various types of emergencies that may impact our community. Please work to stock your home with water.

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: This weekend, calculate how much water you need for your household and purchase the appropriate number of gallons following the storage advice above.

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  • Post a quick reply in this blog’s comments section below such as “I’ve done this.”
  • Use the Twitter hashtag #fairfaxprepares and tweet your accomplishment. Include photos if you’d like.
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  • Email us at publicaffairs@fairfaxcounty.gov that you accomplished an ask.


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Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.

4 responses to “Water, Water, Water: Fairfax Prepares Day 13”

  1. Erin Stevens says :

    Remember that to flush the toilet takes a minimum of 1 gallon of water. Major health risks if the population goes outside rather than use the toilet inside

  2. Jennifer Garrett says :

    Also have water filtering equipment and Steripen, etc.

  3. Scotty says :

    Learned that lesson a few years ago after a storm. Now keep three 5-gallon bottles of water handy…plus a water dispenser. (In the case of a power outage, still no problem. Have a $25 “power converter” and a long extension cord, which converts car battery power to A/C electrical power…and which can run the water dispenser, charge a cell phone, run a radio or TV, operate a laptop, etc. in emergencies. That’s in addition to a generator, just in case that won’t oprate properly.)