Certain areas of Texas are experiencing a threat of drought. Meaning, the access to clean drinking water, and water in general, has changed. Certain cities, including Austin, Texas, are asking citizens to use less water and cut back on non-essential usages. During times like these, it is important for residents to have a well stocked supply of clean water.
How to Prepare for a Water Shortage
97% of Texas is currently or has at one time experienced drought. Help to avoid or lessen a crisis by following these tips.
Buy water in bulk
Having a bulk supply of water is the best way to prepare for water shortages. Consider purchasing pallets of water. Pallets can stack on top of one another to save space, making it less of a hassle to store. You can buy pallets in 16.9 oz bottles or 1 gallon bottles, depending on your needs. For convenience, bulk water can ship to your front door. Households need to have at least 1 gallon of clean water per person, per day in storage. You can never be too prepared though, so the more supply the better.
Reduce water usage.
The average household uses close to 300 gallons of water per day. To avoid a crisis, try to reduce your household water usage wherever possible. This can include taking shorter showers, avoiding washing dishes by hand, and reducing the frequency in which you water. No matter how small the effort may be, reducing your water consumption can be of great help to the community.
How to Prepare for a Power Outage
In recent weeks, Texas urged residents to conserve energy due to the fear of a power outage. During heat waves, residents use a multitude of energy sources to keep cool. This increase in power usage puts a lot of stress on the power grid, resulting in a possible blackout. Here are a few tips on how you can help prevent a blackout, and avoid a crisis should one occur.
The number one way to lessen the risk of a blackout is to decrease the amount of power used in your household. Try to unplug appliances, use less AC, and switch off any unnecessary lights in the house.
To guard yourself from a crisis, plan ahead by creating an emergency kit. Make sure to include flashlights, candles, disposable dishes, canned foods, and other items you find necessary. If a power outage occurs, it is possible you could lose access to water as well, so having bottled water on hand is a good idea.