Potable Water

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Terms & Synonyms

Potable Water

Official WHO Definition

Water that is intended for human consumption and suitable for all usual domestic uses, complying with the requirements of the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality or appropriate national standards established by the regulating authority (WHO 2006).Water that meets or exceeds all applicable federal/provincial/local requirements concerning safety. Also known as potable (drinkable) water (Symons 2000).

Other Definitions

Suitable for drinking


Interpretations and Explanations


WHO (2006) Health aspects of plumbing

Symons, JM, Bradley, LC Jr and Cleveland, TC (2000) The Drinking Water Dictionary. American Water Works Association

WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

See also

Drinking water technologies

External Resources


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