What to Do When the Water Doesn’t Work

What should you do when the water from your faucet isn't safe to drink?

What should you do when the water from your faucet isn’t safe to drink?

Do you remember a little while back when I shared my family’s adventures in water outage? As our city infrastructure ages, water main breaks or maintenance shutoffs seem to happen more and more often. It’s always good to have a few cases of bottled water and some sanitation supplies handy, but in serious situations the outage may outlast your stash.

Here’s a video explaining some of the more serious situations that can cause water outages, why the lack of water can be a serious threat to your family, and what you can do about it. Even if a terrorist or weather emergency doesn’t take out the water supply infrastructure in your area, it’s a good idea to know what to do in case you experience a major water main break. Look below the video for a clickable link so you can download the Red Cross booklet and notes from the video.

What steps have you taken to be prepared in case the water suddenly stops flowing from your taps?

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4 responses to “What to Do When the Water Doesn’t Work

  1. If our water goes out it is always due to a power outage. We do have a well, but the pump is electric. We have a backup generator though for emergencies. Heavy snow, ice storms, vehicle accidents that take out a pole or relay, high winds…these are common enough happenings here. If the well goes dry? Well that’s another whole problem. We try not to waste water.

    The house next door which was my maternal great-grandparent’s house still has a pump out in the back yard and it still works. My oldest girl and her family live there an she uses the pump for watering the gardens near to the house.


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