You should have containers at home for collecting and storing water
Water outages can be caused by a number of reasons, such as a power failure or contamination of the water supply. Although a backup water distribution is usually organised in water supply disruptions that last longer than 24 hours, it makes matters easier if everyone had at least a few litres of bottled water at home just in case.
The average person needs approximately two litres of clean drinking water a day. Water is also needed for cooking and personal hygiene. One or two buckets of water per person per day is usually enough.
If there’s no water
- Prepare for the situation with lidded containers or canisters that can be used to collect water from distribution points or elsewhere.
- Does someone need assistance carrying water?
- The toilet can only be flushed once. A garbage bag can be placed inside the toilet. The used bag is sorted as mixed waste.
If the water is contaminated
- Prevent the use of contaminated water, for example by taping a warning note over the tap.
- Follow the water utility provider’s instructions on the use of water and boil-water advisory.
- Do not use water during shock chlorination of water pipes.
- When clean water is again available, be sure to clean all appliances and containers that may contain contaminated water, such as a coffee machine.
About water distribution
- Water supply outages may be planned and affect only an individual home. For more information, contact your property maintenance provider.
- In all local water supply disruptions, check the website of the local water utility provider. The website contains information about ongoing water supply disruptions.
- Water supply disruptions and major power outages also have an effect on wastewater management. Follow announcements by the water utility provider and the authorities.