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Potable Water

March 31, 2016

Sometimes we take the little things for granted – like potable water. It’s such a limited resource that what we do and how we live makes a tremendous impact on its availability. There are more than 1 billion people in developing countries that do not have consistent and reliable access to safe water.

What is potable water, you ask? Potable water is water that has been filtered, cleaned or treated to meet the standards for drinking water – translation: it is clear of contaminants and bacteria and is safe for consumption and use by people (and pets for that matter).

Essentially, that means the water you use to shower, brush your teeth, cook, drink and fill up that squirt gun and spray your sister with is ALL considered to be potable water.

In contrast, non-potable water is usually considered to be raw water from lakes, rivers, ground wells, springs and ground water that has not been treated. Even greywater systems that are incorporated into some houses are refilling toilets or irrigation is considered non-potable.

With this on-going drought, we can’t afford to waste this precious resource. If you can do your part to help conserve water, it will help you save that water supply for other daily activities. 

Here are some ways you can help save that precious resource!

1. Brush your teeth with the faucet off!

This is a mantra that has been said time after time but it is a simple way to help conserve water. We are lucky to have running water, so let’s not waste it with something so simple!

2. Invest in water-saving devices.

There are many options in this category that you can purchase to help save water. From a rain barrel to ultra-high-efficiency bathroom fixtures – like a toilet – you can help save water AND get money back in return in the form of a rebate! Who doesn’t like getting free money WHILE help saving water? You can start here to check for toilet rebates but check with your local water district to see additional items that qualify for a rebate.  

3. Store drinking water in the fridge with a pitcher.

Not only does this help eliminate the use of plastic bottles, it stops the frequency of turning on the faucet. Also – it’s an easy way to have fast and easy access to water that is already cold and ready to drink, so easy on the ice, please!