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Storing water for emergencies

An adequate supply of water is an important part of a home emergency kit. But storing water is not quite as simple as filling some old milk jugs and putting them on a shelf. Cass Fargo Emergency Management encourages residents to keep these tips in mind when storing water:

  • Pre-packaged bottled water can be stored through its expiration date.
  • Tap water must be stored in clean, sterilized glass or plastic containers. To clean the containers, wash them in warm, soapy water. To sterilize, mix one tablespoon of unscented bleach with a gallon of water, then fill the containers with the solution. Let them stand for five minutes. Rinse the bottles with water, then fill them with tap water. Seal the containers securely, then label them with the current date. Replace the tap water every six months.
  • Store water in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
  • Do not store water near gasoline, pesticides, chemicals or similar substances.
  • If you plan to store water in your freezer, leave two to three inches of space in the container; water expands as it freezes.
  • Store at least one gallon of water per person per day; have enough water to last at least three days.  

Citizens who would like additional information about storing water for emergencies can call the City of Fargo chief chemist at 298-6997.