Have you got it bot­tled?

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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

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