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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

A cistern is a tank or storage container in which water is stored (American Society of Sanitary Engineering 2007).  

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Interpretations and Explanations

A cistern is vessel used to store water.A flushing cistern is used mainly for toilet flushing. It incorporates a per set volume of stored water for flushing. Toilets may incorporate a syphonic action to discharge the flush from the cistern to the WC. Modern toilets have the cistern mounted directly on the toilet bowl. In this arrangement, the flush mechanism (lever or push button) opens a valve to enable a simple gravity discharge (World Plumbing Council Working Group 2008).


American Society of Sanitary Engineering (2007) Plumbing dictionary. Sixth edition 

WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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