What is Non-Potable Water?

Non-potable water is any type of water that is not suitable for human consumption. There are many reasons why water may be non-potable, including that it has not been purified, it has certain contaminants, it is not protected from exposure to various things, and much more. It is also important to note that not all non-potable water is the same. Some non-potable water is quite clean and can be used for many things, while other non-potable water could be dirty or even toxic. The term is only used to designate whether humans can safely drink it or not.

There are many things that you can use non-potable water for. In the workplace, non-potable water is often used for things like cooling machinery, flushing toilets, washing clothes or other materials, cleaning floors, and more. It is also commonly used for irrigation of fields and other related activities.

In some situations, potable water will be recaptured so that it can be reused as non-potable water. For example, water that is used in a shower or washing hands can be captured and used in certain other areas. Looking for ways to capture and reuse water of any type can be a great way to help minimize waste in the facility while also benefiting the environment. With many places suffering from droughts around the world, it is often essential to make the best use of water possible. That starts with knowing the difference between potable and non-potable water.


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