Storing Drinking Water

In the event of an emergency you may need to be self-reliant for days without utilities and electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or local services, or perhaps even without response from police, fire, or EMS.
Most of us can survive without electricity; however, we must have safe drinking water to live.  Louisville Water offers the following guidelines for safe water storage:

  • Purchase proper drinking water storage containers from a sporting goods store.  Do not use old milk jugs or soft drink containers.  They are nearly impossible to disinfect.
  • Thoroughly sterilize proper containers by soaking them in a solution of 1-part liquid chlorine bleach to 3-parts tap water for several minutes.
  • Rinse containers with scalding water.
  • Fill containers completely with cold tap water.  Leave no air.
  • Seal the container.
  • Clearly label, date and store in a cool, dark area.

When properly stored, Louisville pure tap® will remain safe to drink for about two months.  Water stored for longer than two months should be boiled or disinfected before use. 

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