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Earthquake Emergency Water Supply - Disinfecting Drinking Water (Boiling)

Updated: Sep 2, 2019

Disinfect Water by Boiling


When regular water service has been disrupted during a natural or man-made emergency disaster, it is recommended using only bottled water or emergency survival pouch water. If these are not available, you can disinfect water until the regular water service is restored. One method of disinfecting water is by boiling the water.


“According to health experts, boiling water is sufficient to kill pathogenic bacteria, viruses and protozoa. ”

* If the water you have is cloudy, first let it settle and then filter it through a clean cloth, paper towel, or even a coffee filter. As a substitute, you can also consider having a Lifestraw water filtration bottle in your emergency supplies inventory to help clean the water prior to boiling it.


*Heat the water until it is a rolling boil and keep boiling for at least one full minute. If you live in higher altitudes, for instance above 5000 feet (1,000 meters) above sea level, then keep the water boiling for three (3) full minutes. Let the water cool down before using it. And make sure to store any unused water that was disinfected by boiling in a clean container with a cover.


* Some find the taste of boiled water flat and bland. To make it taste a little better, add a pinch of salt to each quart or liter of water, or pour the water from one clean container to another several times.


For more information on disinfecting water during an emergency situation, please check out the this EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency Website) link.

Here are some compact fold and go burners that can be used in emergency situations to boil water if your gas or electric service has not been restored. Make sure to take all necessary safety precautions when using these burners by following the instructions that come with them.





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