Tips for storing water

Having enough clean water for yourself and your family during and after a disaster is a really important part of your planning.


In an emergency, you will need water for:

  • Drinking – yourself, your family and your pets.
  • Washing and cooking food.
  • Washing dishes.
  • Washing yourself.


Tips for storing drinking water:

  • Store your water in large plastic soft drink bottles. 
  • Fill each bottle with tap water until it overflows and add five drops of household bleach per litre of water.  (Do not drink for at least 30 minutes after disinfecting).
  • Make sure there are no air gaps and place the lids on tightly. 
  • Label each bottle with the dates of when they were filled.  Check them every 12 months.  If the water is not clear, throw it out and refill.
  • Store water somewhere dark that won’t be prone to flooding.


Alternative option for storing water

Fill plastic ice cream containers with water and store them in the freezer.  This will help to keep food cool if the power goes off and can also be used for drinking.


What not to do:

  • Never collect drinking water from the roof.  It could be contaminated with ash, bird poo or other materials.
  • Never drink water from the tap unless the Council has advised that it is safe to do so.
  • Never waste water on washing clothes.
  • Never assume that your water filter will make the water safe to drink from the tap.
  • Never drink water from a private bore if it has been flooded.