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Safeguarding Drinking Water Supplies
R. Craig Runyan
Extension water quality specialist, New Mexico State University
Whether they are connected to a public water supply or a private domestic well, everyone wants to be assured their drinking water sources are safe from environmental pollution and other risks. Knowing what can be done to protect household drinking water begins with knowing its source.Ê About 90 percent of all Americans get their water from groundwater aquifers. That water is pumped from wells and distributed either through a public supply system or directly to the home from a private well.
Treating and Storing Water for Emergency Use
Extension Water Specialist, New Mexico State University
There are several methods for storing emergency quantities of potable water for uses such as drinking, cooking, or brushing teeth. Any of the following methods can be used to store water for emergency preparedness. To keep water fresh and fit for human use, it is a good practice to rotate water supplies every 2 to 4 months. Prolonged or regular use of stored water treated by the following methods is not recommended.