Emergency Drinking Water

After an emergency, your tap water may not be available or safe to drink. You can prepare for an emergency by developing an emergency water supply for your home and by learning how to make contaminated water safe to drink.

If you who use private wells, cisterns, or other rain-catchment systems for your water needs, you should also understand how to prepare for an emergency and disinfect these water sources after an emergency.

Similarly, those in charge of community drinking water facilities should have plans in place in case service is interrupted.

Find more information that can help you prepare for and respond to drinking water needs in the event of an emergency.

Page last reviewed: January 11, 2021
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