During the water emergency, it is important to maintain water sanitation when using water collected in reusable containers from emergency water stations or collected from other sources.
The West Virginia University Kanawha County Extension Service is offering tips for water storage. Any recycled food-grade container, such as milk jugs, juice containers and soda bottles can be used for water storage following cleaning and disinfecting.
Studies show that white vinegar can also be used as a disinfectant. Let the vinegar sit in the container for 10 minutes at room temperature for sanitation and air dry.
In times of extended crisis, or if water is not immediately available to you, water collected from clean running streams and creeks can be disinfected for use in drinking.
Tincture of iodine may also be used to disinfect water. Add five drops to each quart of water (10 if cloudy) and let sit for 30 minutes.
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