Have you got it bottled?
Now that Daylight Savings has rolled around again, it’s a great time to run through some routine household tasks like checking smoke alarms and refreshing items in your home’s emergency kit. Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an emergency. The following guidelines will help you ensure members of your household have sufficient water in an emergency situation. Keep at least a three-day supply of water, that is, a minimum of three litres of drinking water per person per day. It is strongly recommended that you store more if possible for personal hygiene and washing. Be sure to include drinking water for your pets. The amount needed will depend on their sizes and the conditions and remember pets often drink more water than usual when under stress. To prepare the safest and most reliable emergency supply of water, purchase commercially bottled water. Keep bottled water in its original container and do not open it until you need to use it. If you are preparing your own containers of water, purchase food-grade water-storage containers. Two-litre, plastic soft-drink bottles work well. Do not use plastic or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. Don’t use glass containers because they can break and are heavy. If storing water in plastic soft-drink bottles or food-grade water-storage containers thoroughly clean them with hot water, fill them to the top with regular tap water until it overflows. Add five drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach per litre to the water. Do not drink for at least 30 minutes after disinfecting. Tightly close the containers using the original caps. Place a date on the outside of the containers so that you know when you filled them. Store them in a cool, dark place and check every 12 months. If the water is not clear, throw it out and refill cleaned bottles. For more information go to