Domestic water


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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

Water used for all usual domestic purposes including consumption, bathing and food preparation (WHO 2002).Pertaining to municipal (household) water services as opposed to commercial and industrial water. The term is sometimes used to include the commercial component (Symons et al. 2000).Domestic water is water that is delivered for normal personal use within a household, schools and commerical premises (Plumbing Working Group 2008).

Other Definitions

Water supply for each person that is sufficient and continuous for personal and domestic uses, which normally include drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, personal and household



Interpretations and Explanations


Symons, J. M., Bradley, L. C. Jr. and Cleveland, T. C.  2000.  The Drinking Water Dictionary. American Water Works Association WHO (2002) Guidelines for drinking-water quality.

WHO (2003) Domestic water quantity, service level and health

WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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