After a major storm or flood, you must assume all water sources are contaminated until they are proved safe. Purify all water used for drinking, cooking and for washing eating and cooking utensils. Also purify the water used for washing hands, body and kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Do NOT try to use or purify water that has a dark color, an odor or contains floating material. Note that the purification procedures outlined here reduce biological contamination only; if you suspect chemical contamination, do not use the water.Choose ONE of these methods to purify water that has biological contamination. Boiling is the most effective method of disinfecting water, particularly for people who have severely weakened immune systems (infected with HIV/AIDS or cancer, transplant patients taking immunosuppressive drugs or people born with a weakened immune system) and for infants and elderly who wish to take extra precautions.
Foods and Food-preparation Items Contaminated by Floodwater
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