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Water is an essential nutrient. Without it human life cannot survive. Water serves as the body’s transportation system, it is a lubricant, it is vital to the body’s biochemical reactions, it helps defend the body against shock, and it regulates body temperature. Maintaining a healthy water balance is critical.
All water from natural sources contains dissolved substances. But drinking water does not need to be pure to be safe. The only way to know if drinking water quality is acceptable is through water testing. Water from a public or municipal supply is tested regularly and must meet federal and state guidelines for quality. Private drinking water testing and quality are not regulated by federal or state guidelines, but local county or city requirements may exist.
Situations in Nebraska such as tornadoes, floods, and winter storms can reduce or eliminate the availability of safe drinking water. It's a good idea to store an emergency drinking water supply.
Water use and conservation in the home varies, but most people use 70 to 100 gallons per person per day. You can become a more efficient water user by changing some simple practices and selecting efficient appliances and equipment.
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Did You Know?
Reusable Plastic Water Bottles
With warmer weather, you will want to carry drinking water with you during outdoor activities. Questions had been raised about the safety of reusable plastic water bottles containing the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA.) As a result, most manufacturers eliminated containers containing BPA from their line of plastic containers, and BPA-free plastic water bottles are readily available in today’s market.
Emergency Drinking Water Supply
Spring storms can interrupt drinking water supplies. An emergency supply can be very helpful in these situations. While needs will differ, a rule-of-thumb is to store one gallon of water per person per day. Store at least a three-day supply (or three gallons) for each person. See more