September 07, 2018

Severe weather and other emergencies can happen at any time, which is why it is so important to always prepare for the unexpected. Loudoun Water encourages residents during National Preparedness Month to take water-related preparations in the event of an emergency. As you are aware, water is an essential element to survival and a necessary item in an emergency supplies kit. Knowing how much water you need, how to properly store it, and how to take care of your home's main water valve is critical information. 

Take a few steps now to store emergency water supplies.  

  • Store at least one gallon of water per person and animal per day for drinking and sanitation. Have enough for a minimum three-day supply. 

  • More water may be necessary if you live in a warm weather climate. In very hot temperatures, water needs can double.
  • Store water in a cool, dark place in your home, office or car. 

  • Use of food-grade water storage containers, such as those found at surplus or camping-supply stores, is recommended if you prepare stored water yourself.

  • Do not reuse containers that have ever held a toxic substance. Also, do not use containers that can break, like glass or those without a tight seal. Plastic milk bottles or waxy cartons can be difficult to clean and can break down over time.

Visit to complete your preparedness plan for your household.

Download the free Ready Virginia app at Get location-specific weather watches and warnings, disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), a customizable family emergency plan, a checklist of emergency supplies, and links to register for local emergency alerts.

Download the free Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) app at for information about what to do before, during and after a disaster, including locations and driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers.