Not only do we need safe drinking water each and every day, but we also need water to cook, clean and help with important tasks, such as flushing toilets and laundry. In an emergency, when you need to find alternative water sources, do you know where to look?
Regardless of whether your pipes freeze or there is a power outage, you may want to have some extra water on hand in an emergency. Storing bottled water is a great option, but what do you do if you do not have bottled water on hand? Then what?
If you have time, fill your tub, sinks and other containers with safe tap water. A collapsible water bladder, such as the WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage 100-gallon bladder, is a viable option; it fits in a standard size tub and easily stores away until you need it.
If you still need to find other sources of H2O around your house, look for it in unusual places. Melted ice from ice trays or even defrosting your freezer is one source. So are canned foods because they often are packed in water. Also you can use water from water heaters, pipes, radiators and water beds for some tasks. Remember the water in the toilet and toilet tank and water from a pool or hot tub.
It is vital to remember that not all water found in or around your home will be safe to drink or use for cooking or bathing. You may have to filter and disinfect water before you can use it safely, even if you just plan to cook or bathe with it.