Preparing drinking water when you’re under a boil water advisory
Preparing drinking water when you’re under a boil water advisory.
(WRDW/WAGT) – It may not happen all the time, but sometimes a water main break will shut off the water to either a whole street or a whole neighborhood.
Sometimes, however, it’s not always convenient to boil your water.
Disinfect water using household bleach Yes, you can use regular, unscented chlorine bleach to make drinking water.
How do you add bleach to your water?
Grab a clean dropper from your medicine cabinet.
Take the bleach (the label should say it contains 8.25% of sodium hypochlorite) and add drops based on the volume of water: – 1 quart/liter: 2 drops – 1 gallon: 6 drops – 2 gallons: 12 drops (1/8 teaspoon) – 4 gallons: 1/4 teaspoon – 8 gallons: 1/2 teaspoon The EPA recommends doubling the amount of bleach if the water is cloudy, colored, or very cold.
If the chlorine taste is too strong, pour the water from one clean container to another and let it stand for a few hours before use.
If the water is cloudy, let it settle and filter it through a clean cloth or coffee filter.
You can improve the taste of boiled water by adding one pinch of salt to each quart or liter of water, or pour the water from one clean container to another several times.