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What Is a Water Safety Plan?

No matter where you live, access to safe water is essential. In Florida, the reality of a storm or other natural disaster making drinking water unsafe is very real. That is why a water safety plan is so important. What is a water safety plan? This is a plan in place to ensure that no matter what you and your family face, you will always have access to safe water.

Whether you go through a natural disaster, your water pipes burst, or some other occurrence causes your natural way of accessing filtered water to vanish, you should have a backup plan for clean, safe drinking water.

The Importance of Safe Drinking Water

safe drinkingWhile this may not be something you think about often, it’s vital to have safe drinking water and safe water for other activities in your house. Why? Safe drinking water is used more than you might think! Every time you wash your hands, you’re depending on clean drinking water.

When you pour water to boil for rice or pasta, you’re relying on water from the city and expecting it to be clean and pure. When you drink a glass of water, make your coffee, brew your tea, and make hot chocolate, those activities all use clean, safe drinking water.

Safe drinking water isn’t just “nice to have.” Safe water is a necessity for your home during regular times and times of emergency, as well. What is safe water? Water that is pure of contaminants and can be used as-is without boiling or treating. Keep jugs of pure water for emergency use and store them in your home in a dark, dry area.

Your Shower and Bathroom Could Also Be at Risk

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Not only do you need safe water for drinking, but you need safe water for showering. Water that is free of contaminants, toxins, and dirt is crucial for your showers. When you shower, water is absorbed into your body through your skin.

If your shower water is compromised, it means that your showers aren’t safe. Any chemicals in your water can get into your body and if they are toxic chemicals, you can become sick.

Safe showering water should be water that is free of dirt, debris, and chemicals. Whether you get your water from the city on a regular basis or you keep water in your house to use in case of emergency, chemical and toxin-free water is what you need. Keep bottled water that has been sealed for emergency use when you need it for drinking and for showering.

Keeping Your Water Safe

water safetyWhether you need water for drinking, showering, watering your plants, or cooking, there are several ways to ensure it’s kept safe. Firstly, you can store pure bottled water in gallon jugs. Keep these for emergency purposes in an area of your home that is out of the way and dark.

Jugs of water shouldn’t be exposed to the sun. Secondly, if you suspect that your water has been compromised, you can make it safe through boiling. If you don’t have a way to boil your water but you have iodide tablets on hand, these will purify your water.

As a last result, a charcoal filter can also be used to run your water through and purify it. Finally, make a plan. Be sure you have a basic water testing kit to determine if your water is safe or not. Be sure your entire family is aware of the testing process and how to purify water in the event of an emergency. If you need help, be sure to contact your local plumbing company to coordinate your new water safety plan.

Trust a Local Plumber

Shamrock Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Inc proudly serves Orlando, FL, for all residential plumbing needs. They offer a wide range of plumbing services and can also help you create a water safety plan. They provide 24/7 emergency services, affordable rates, industry-leading customer service, and no overtime rates.

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