DeKalb County Health Dept.

Build a Kit - Water 


  • In a disaster, water supplies may be cut off or contaminated. Store enough water for everyone in your family to last for at least 3 days
  • Store one gallon of water per person, per day. Three gallons per person per day will give you enough to drink and for limited cooking and personal hygiene
  • If you store tap water:
    • Tap water from a municipal water system can be safely stored without additional treatment.
    • Store water in food grade plastic containers, such as clean 2-liter soft drink bottles - heavy duty, reusable plastic water containers are also available at sporting goods stores (Empty milk bottles are not recommended because their lids do not seal well and bottles may develop leaks)
    • Label and store in a cool, dark place
    • Replace water at least once every six months
  • If you buy commercially bottled “spring” or “drinking” water:
    • Keep water in its original container, and don’t re-store a bottle once it’s been opened
    • Store in a cool, dark place
    • If bottles are not marked with the manufacturer’s expiration date, label with the date and replace bottles at least once per year