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In Johannesburg, where water scarcity is a recurring concern, knowing how to navigate a water outage is essential. Whether it’s due to maintenance, infrastructure issues, or unforeseen circumstances, being prepared can make all the difference. Here are some tips to help you cope during a water outage in Johannesburg while ensuring access to clean water:

1. Prioritize Water Storage: Begin by stockpiling water before the outage hits. Aim for at least three days’ worth of water for drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes per person. Store water in clean, food-grade containers specifically designed for water storage. Thoroughly wash and rinse containers before filling them with water, and store them in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight to prevent bacterial growth.

2. Water Purification Methods: In addition to storing water, consider investing in water purification methods to ensure its cleanliness. Options include water purification tablets or drops containing chlorine dioxide or iodine, boiling water for at least one minute, utilizing water filtration systems equipped with activated carbon or ceramic filters, and using UV water purification devices. Follow the instructions provided with each purification method carefully to ensure effectiveness.

3. Conserve Water Wisely: During a water outage, every drop counts. Adopt water-saving habits such as taking shorter showers, turning off taps while brushing teeth or washing dishes, and reusing greywater for flushing toilets or watering plants. Use a basin to catch and reuse water from activities like washing fruits and vegetables or rinsing dishes.

4. Utilize Alternative Water Sources: Explore alternative water sources to supplement your supply during the outage. If available, utilize rainwater harvesting systems to collect rainwater for non-potable uses such as flushing toilets or cleaning. Additionally, consider purchasing water from reputable suppliers or utilizing communal water distribution points set up by local authorities. For consumption purposes water can be purchased locally from Ozone Hydrate at Randridge Mall or from the Sasol garage on the corner of Beyers Naudé Drive and Chaplin Avenue.

5. Maintain Hygiene Standards: Maintaining proper hygiene is crucial during a water outage to prevent the spread of illness. Use hand sanitizers and wet wipes when handwashing isn’t possible. Set up a makeshift washing station with stored water and soap for essential hygiene tasks. Prioritize personal hygiene practices and ensure that any stored water remains clean and uncontaminated.

Prioritize water storage, invest in purification methods, conserve water wisely, utilize alternative sources, and maintain strict hygiene standards to safeguard your health and well-being. Stay informed, stay prepared, and support community initiatives aimed at assisting those affected by the outage.