Last updated: November 19, 2021

What Does Potable Mean?

Potable water is water that is safe for consumption. It has typically undergone some sort of cleaning process such as water treatment, filtration, or both.

Potable water is free of contaminants or harmful substances. It can be used for drinking, cooking, or baking. Many types of water are potable, including:

  • Tap water from the municipal water system that has been treated
  • Water that has been UV filtered
  • Water that has been purified through reverse osmosis
  • Distilled water

Maximum Yield Explains Potable

Potable water is commonly called drinking water. Even if water goes through a stringent filtration or decontamination process, the water can again become filled with contaminants. Potable water does not always remain safe. It can become contaminated again, especially if contaminates inadvertently leach into the water.

Boiling water for at least 20 minutes can make it potable. Consumers can also purchase various filtration systems to make water potable.

Colloidal silver, chlorine bleach, iodine tablets, and UV filtration are all ways to create potable water. Some potable water should not be used to irrigate plants, such as potable water that has been treated with chlorine bleach, iodine, or colloidal silver.

To determine if your water source is safe for your plants, it's best to have it tested.


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