A Dry Subject?
is critical to our survival: we can go days, even weeks without
food, but we must have water to live.
Did you know…..?
- Water is the only substance found
on earth in three forms: solid, liquid and gas.
- A person can live more than a
month without food, but only about a week, depending on conditions,
- 66% of the human body is water;
75% of the human brain is water.
- 75% of a chicken, 80% of a pineapple,
and 95% of a tomato is water.
- A person must consume 2.5 quarts
of water per day from all sources (drinking, eating) to maintain
- It is possible for people today
to drink water that was part of the dinosaur era.
- 62,600 gallons of water are needed
to produce one ton of steel; 1,500 gallons to process one barrel
of beer; and 9.3 gallons to process one can of fruit or vegetables.
- On average, 50-70% of household
water is used outdoors (watering lawns, washing cars).
- The average American uses over
100 gallons of water per day; the average residence uses over
100,000 gallons during a year.
SOURCE: United States Environmental
OUR WATER SUPPLY
Water is so abundant in our modern
culture that we often take it for granted. We expect to see water
gushing from taps whenever we turn them on. However, many circumstances,
ranging from repair work on a water main to an earthquake or other
disaster, can interrupt water service or contaminate the water supply.
At times like these, our local water company and your city government
will provide information and instructions on water safety until
the crisis is over.
- You can help by preparing yourself
and your family and knowing what you can do to make sure that
your drinking water needs are met.
- Store one gallon of water per
person per day (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for food preparation
- Keep at least a 3-day supply
of water for each person in your household. Rotate your supply
at least every 6 months.
- Store an extra bottle if you
have a pet so that all in your household are taken care of.
- Carry drinking water in the trunk
of your car: you never know when you’ll get thirsty!
Contaminated water may be purified
by the following methods:
>Boiling: Boil vigorously for 7-10 minutes.
>Bleach: Add 10-20 drop of household bleach
per gallon of water; mix well and let stand for 30 minutes. (NOTE:
Do NOT use scented bleach, colorsafe bleaches, bleaches with added
cleaners, or pool chlorine!)
>Tablets: Use commercial purification tablets
and follow package instructions.
Also, learn how to remove the water
from your hot water heater and in other water supplies in your home
or office. The ice cubes in your freezer and liquids in canned fruits
and vegetables are additional sources of water so necessary to our