If disaster strikes and you are without a supply of stored water you may have to look for alternative sources of drinkable water.
- To use the water in your pipes, open a faucet at the highest point in the home to let air into the plumbing then use the faucet at the lowest point in your home as your water source.
- The water in your hot water heater is safe to drink in an emergency. Close the water intake valve and shut off the heater’s gas or electric supply. Open the drain at the bottom of the tank and collect the water for use. You may need to open a hot-water faucet in the house in order to get a flow of water. CAUTION: You MUST refill the hot water tank before turning the gas or electricity on to avoid damaging your hot water heater.
- Use water from the toilet tank or a pool or other outdoor water source for sanitation purposes, but not for drinking unless you purify it.