Following a two-day crisis, tap water in Toledo was deemed safe to drink again Monday. Before the emergency fades from the front pages and newscasts, take time to consider how you would handle a water shortage.
Can't happen here? It can - even if you have a well. Imagine what would happen during a long-term electrical outage - or, ironically, a major flood.
This is from ready.gov:
You should store at least one gallon of water per person for three days. A normally active person needs about three quarters of a gallon of fluid daily, from water and other beverages. However, individual needs vary, depending on age, health, physical condition, activity, diet and climate.
It is recommended you purchase commercially bottled water, in order to prepare the safest and most reliable emergency water supply. Keep bottled water in its original container and do not open until you need to use it. Observe the expiration or "use by" date. Store in a cool, dark place.
If you prepare your own water supply, purchase food-grade water storage containers from surplus or camping supplies stores to use for water storage.
Before filling with water, thoroughly clean the containers with dishwashing soap and water and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.
If you opt for your own storage containers, choose two-liter plastic soft drink bottles - not plastic jugs or cardboard containers that have had milk or fruit juice in them. Milk protein and fruit sugars cannot be adequately removed from these containers and provide an environment for bacterial growth when water is stored in them. Cardboard containers also leak easily and are not designed for long-term storage of liquids.
Water that has not been commercially bottled should be replaced after six months.
Note, filtering water removes particles you can see and treating can kill organisms you can't, but neither is sufficient to remove or neutralize all toxins.