Non-potable water


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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

Water that may contain objectionable pollution, contamination, minerals, or infective agents and is considered unsafe, unpalatable, or both for drinking. 

Other Definitions


Interpretations and Explanations

Water use for means other than drinking, cooking or showering/bathing. Typical nonpotable uses include irrigation, maintenance, and some non-food producing industrial applications (e.g., cooling tower makeup)


Symons JM, Bradley LC and Cleveland TC (2000) The drinking water dictionary, American Water Works Association.Health Canada

WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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