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3 Hidden Water Sources In Your Home

April 13, 2016

3 Hidden Water Sources In Your Home


In order to be prepared for an unexpected emergency or disaster situation you need to protect the water sources already in your home.

Safe water sources in your home include:

  • The water in your hot water tank
  • The water in your pipes
  • Water prepared in ice cubes

You should not use water from toilet flush tanks or bowls, radiators, waterbeds, or swimming pools/ spas.

If you hear reports of broken water or sewage lines in your area, or if local officials advise you of a problem, take precautions to protect your drinking water from contamination immediately. To shut off incoming water, locate the main valve and turn it to the closed position. Be sure you and other family members in your household know how to perform this important procedure before an emergency strikes.


Access to Safe Water Sources in Your Home: 

  1. To use the water in your pipes, let air into the plumbing by turning on the highest available faucet in your home (in the highest reachable story). A small amount of water will trickle out. Then obtain water from the lowest available faucet in the home (for example in your basement).
  2. To use the water in your hot-water tank, first be sure the electricity or gas is off. Then open the drain at the bottom of the tank. Start the water flowing by turning off the water intake valve at the tank and turning on any hot-water faucet in the house. Refill the tank before turning the gas or electricity back on. If the gas is turned off, a professional will be needed to turn it back on.


Need More Information?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community and Family Preparedness Program and American Red Cross Community Disaster Education are nationwide efforts to help people prepare for disasters of all types. You can find information for your specific region on the American Red Cross website.

For more information, please visit and, or contact your local emergency preparedness outlet.

Contact FEMA at:



P.O. Box 2012

Jessup, MD 20794-2012


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