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Fact Sheet: Water Safety Reminder Dos and Don’ts

Release date: 
October 16, 2017
Release Number: 
R4 DR 4339-PR FS 007


  • Do make water safe by boiling for three minutes, and let cool.
  • Do use clean, sanitized containers to store safe water or reuse jugs used to store potable water.
  • Do wash hands with soap and safe water or water that has been boiled.


  • Don’t drink water from streams, rivers, or creeks.
  • Don’t store water in containers that previously held laundry detergent or other unsafe chemicals.

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Water Distribution
Photo by Paul McKellips Federal Emergency Management AgencySubscribe 5JUNCOS, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2017 - Residents of Puerto Rico come to one of many distribution points around the island to collect water for drinking, cleaning and cooking. Paul McKellips/FEMA Photo


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Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 11:59