Water, Water, Water: Fairfax Prepares Day 13

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.

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 stock your home with water.

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: 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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