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Jan 24
Steve Marr

Emergency Drinking Water In Your Hot Water Tank

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Accesses to clean, safe drinking water is always critical during an emergency. The minimum required in an emergency is 3 gallons per person, or 12 gallons per day for a family of four. Clearly, more water is better.


Wise families store water, you can rinse out juice, pop and milk containers and store extra water at no cost. Some buy gallons, or store water in larger containers. If the water becomes unsafe, or is cut off, use your hot water heater as extra back up.

Most homes have a 40 or 50-gallon water heater. This can be a 3 or 4 day supply for drinking.

First, turn off the heating element on your water heater. If you received notice the water system was contaminated turn off the inflow value to your water heater, thus avoiding potential unsafe water from entering the tank.

Be clear with everyone that the hot water is to be saved, and rationed. A child may decide to brush their teeth, using the hot tap, thus wasting precious water. You can use the drain valve on the heater to get water.

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