Red Cross To Georgia: 'Be Ready For Drought Emergency With 5 Cases Of Bottled Water Per Person'

Apparently the Red Cross thinks a 'worst case' drought emergency in Atlanta is likely to last no more than 2 weeks of sheltering in place with bottled water to meet basic needs. No advice was offered on best practices for treating non-potable water - in case it goes past 2 weeks. No specific recommendations on the best types of bottles either.

One gallon per person per day. That's how much the Red Cross' Marilyn Self said residents should set aside for their families in case of a water emergency.

Self, manager of disaster readiness for the American Red Cross, said a gallon is enough for one person to use for drinking water, food preparation and personal hygiene for one day. Self is recommending Georgians have a two week water supply as part of a disaster preparedness kit.

"Increase the amount of water that you normally would keep in your kit," said Self. "We suggest a two week supply of water for each person in the family." In the past, the organization has suggested a three-day supply, but because of the drought, officials are saying more should be kept on hand, should the state run out of drinking water. For a family of four, that's a suggested 56 gallons...

Here's the money quote:-

Red Cross officials said while it's perfectly safe to store tap water in the preparedness kit, because of the drought they are recommending people purchase commercially packaged water to continue to help conserve what remains of the state's water supply.

So...what if the water was....umm.....bottled in Georgia? Wait wait, we know: brush teeth and cook food with Coke and Pepsi and Gatorade. Cause that's not really water, right?

Indicating it's OK to refill with tap water is cool. But, doesn't that contradict the recommendation (in bold by us) to buy "commercially packaged' water to conserve in-state surface water?

It gets worse. A quick check with Google lands several bottling plants that operate in State, some in metro-Atlanta. Georgians better hope there's not a worst case water emergency if they have to count on these genius recommendations to get them through. You'd be better off asking for advice at the local Wal-Mart. They have water filters too.

TreeHugger recommends the 4 to 12 gallon returnable, re-fillable carboy containers to keep solid waste generation to a minimum. When the drought is over, you can return them to the distributor and get your deposit back.

Note: We calculated the 10 case equivalent of "commercially bottled water" for our headline based on a case of 24, 16 oz bottles.

Via::11 Alive Drought Watch Image credit::The Economist, "Is bottled water proof that consumers are daft?"

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