Recommendations for Water Consumption During Flood
Flood conditions combined with hot and humid temperatures call for the need to consider water requirements for health and safety reasons. Dickinson County Public Health has the following recommendations for water consumption during these situations.
Individuals involved in physical activity or who are exposed to excess heat may need to consume two gallons of water or more per day, or two to four 8-ounce glasses of water per hour.
If an adequate supply of pure water is not available, it may be necessary to limit water consumption and physical activity to the following amount per person per day:
• Drinking and cooking: one gallon
• Personal cleanliness: one gallon
• Laundry and dishwashing: two gallons
Dickinson County Public Health Manager Mary Dunleavy said, “If the amounts of water are not available, you really need to severely limit your physical activity and move to an air conditioned facility. You should also prioritize your water to be used for drinking and personal cleanliness only, which means a minimum of two gallons per person per day should be rationed.”
Dunleavy also said the hospital’s waiting areas and dining room are available to those individuals without air conditioning who need a break from the heat and humidity if needed.
Anyone interested in more information can call Dickinson County Public Health at 712-336-2682.