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The importance of access to safe, clean water during flooding

Unprecedented flooding has brought untold destruction and devastation to many Australians throughout the country.  Risk to life and the threat to human health is significant. 

There are a few more obvious things that one can do to minimise risk, like keeping a first aid kit stocked and making sure you have candles, torches and spare batteries.  And then there are a few things that may not jump to mind immediately - like putting important paperwork and documents in a waterproof bag and planning your family / company evacuation plan. 

One of the main hygiene concerns during times of flood is how one can maintain safe access to an uncontaminated, clean water supply .  Healthy habits are always important but during a natural disaster may become a secondary concern. Although you are surrounded by water, the water is more than likely contaminated with sewage, chemicals and other pollutants.  Your first priority should be to stock up on clean, safe water.

During a flood, clean water will be incredibly valuable and important, to maintain hygiene standards. 

Do I continue to wash my hands?

During any natural disaster, including flooding, you really need to continue washing your hands properly to limit the spread of germs. Avoid tap water until the local authorities have deemed it safe for use, so consider washing your hands with disinfected - or boiled - water when possible.  

Remember to compliment your handwashing practices with a hand sanitiser during this time, especially if you are worried about water quality and water scarcity.

What water do I use to brush my teeth?

It is recommended that you only use safe drinking water to brush your teeth so that you limit the risk of ingesting contaminated water. Again, ensure that only cooled boiled water is used, until directed by the local authorities that tap water is once again safe to use. 

Can I bathe?

The CDC recommends that clean, safe water is used for bathing and that it is important to check in with your local authorities to confirm if your water is safe to bathe in.  If the water is safe for bathing but not for consumption it is advisable to avoid swallowing the water or getting it into your eyes - pay particular attention to ensure this, when bathing babies or small children. 

How do I clean my house?

It is recommended that you filter and boil all water before using it for cleaning as you will still come into contact with those surfaces.  It is best to contact the local authorities to check on the severity of water contamination in your area. 

During a flood it is important to save water.  Your behaviour during this time is very similar to that of your behaviour during a drought.  Your primary goal is to save clean, safe water and to maximise the usage of safe water during this time.

If you have any further concerns on water contamination in your area we recommend you reach out to your local authority for further guidance and information. 

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