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What to do during a water disruption

Did you know that humans can only survive about 3-5 days without water?


Just last Sunday, it was reported in the Straits Times that water disruptions had to be made due to a oil spill in Selangor. There were long queues of people trying to buy bottled water, but they sold out pretty quickly.

About 2 months ago, a similar ‘frenzy’ situation happened in Singapore as well, but it involved N95 masks for the haze instead.

Most people are ill-prepared for situations like these. While we expect the Government to step in and provide for us, it doesn’t hurt to have our own contingency plans.

What do we do if there is a water disruption in Singapore? Here’s what it says in the SCDF Handbook:

13-08-04 Rationing

In the case of the KL incident, residents were giving less than 24 hours notice before the water was turned off. Water tankers were also driven out to the locations affected, and neighbouring states help truck up water too.

If advance notice is given, fill up any pails or pots. If you have a bathtub, fill it up with water as well, but do not drink the water in the tub as it might not be completely clean.

So just in case, stock up a box of 1.5L distilled water for future emergencies. It’s relatively inexpensive, and it could save your life!


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