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Here are 3 outdoor water sources that you are advised to never drink:
#1 Avoid dirty, discolored and/or smelly water
If you’re really thirsty, it might be tempting to drink water with a bit of debris in it. But you should avoid that urge at all costs. Water with floating material, odors, or dark color can be dangerous. You could end up getting sick, or worse.
#2 Salt water sources
Unless you’re able to distill it, you should never use saltwater as a water source. Saltwater will dehydrate you further and you’ll end up more dehydrated than when you started.
#3 Do not drink flood water
It might be tempting to drink from a newly formed river rushing through your front yard, but we assure you it’s not worth it. Flood water picks up nasty debris, pollutants and other toxic materials that can end up making you really sick.
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.
Contact FEMA at:
P.O. Box 2012
Jessup, MD 20794-2012
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