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Nebraska Weather & Water Supply

Nebraska Weather & Water Supply, Nebraska Extension Acreage Insights March 2017.
When a storm is in the forecast it is a very good idea to make sure you have an emergency supply of water on hand.

Nebraska weather is anything but stable and predictable. February reiterated that point to us as we saw record numbers of days with highs in the 70s, our first thunder of 2017 followed by up to two feet of snow in some parts of the state.  Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are most common during May, June and July but they can occur at any time and are increasingly common as warm air patterns begin to dominate during the spring months.  Snow and ice storms are most prevalent from December through February.  However, as we all know, any or all types of severe weather can happen about anytime!

Your individual well is operated by electricity so if severe weather causes the power to go out your water supply goes out too!  When a storm is in the forecast it is a very good idea to make sure you have an emergency supply of water on hand.  Buying bottled water and keeping it in a cool and dark place is always a good idea moving into the spring thunderstorm and the winter storm season.  You can also fill plastic jugs or containers (make sure they are food-quality containers) with water from your own home ahead of the storm.  Keep in mind that you’ll need water to drink, to prepare any food, personal hygiene and to flush the toilet—without power you may be able to flush the toilet once but it won’t refill or flush properly again.

Make sure you have at least enough water for a three-day supply as once the power is off there is no guarantee when the power will come back on. Store a minimum of one gallon per day per person in the home. Depending on the type and severity of the storm it can also result in damage to your well or water system including burst pipes or potentially changes in water quality.  It is a good idea to plan ahead for “worst case scenarios” to protect yourself, your family and your property during Nebraska’s roller coaster weather seasons!

For more information about storing an emergency supply of water go to: Emergency Drinking Water Supply.

Meghan Sittler
Meghan Sittler
Extension Educator - Domestic Water & Wastewater
Meghan's education includes a master's degree in natural resources with minors in political science and environmental planning. She also has a graduate certification in public policy analysis, as well as undergraduate degrees in environmental studies and anthropology from UNL. Her graduate project was focused on the development of collaborative and adaptive management for the Missouri River.

Sittler began as coordinator of the Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance in December 2008. Prior to that, Sittler worked for the National Park Service as an archaeological technician, an environmental educator with the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department, an adviser and instructor with the UNL Environmental Studies program and School of Natural Resources and as a research and outreach specialist for the National Drought Mitigation Center. Meghan began her work as a Nebraska Extension Educator focussing on water in 2016.

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