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Potable water is water safe enough to be consumed by humans or used with low risk of immediate or long term harm. In most developed countries, the water supplied to households, commerce and industry meets drinking water standards, even though only a very small proportion is actually consumed or used in food preparation. Typical uses (for other than potable purposes) include toilet flushing, washing and landscape irrigation.

Potable water can also be used for emergency preparedness. Natural disasters  and other types of incidents can be highly disruptive for water systems. Learn what water consumers can do to protect their water by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency's website.


Potable water, also called drinking water, is water fit for consumption by humans and animals. Water may be naturally potable, as is the case with pristine springs, or it may need to be treated in order to be safe. In either instance, the safety of water is assessed with tests which look for potentially harmful contaminants. More information about potable water is available here.

Hi Desert Water Transport goes through a monthly water analysis that guarantees the water leaving our tank is clean, safe, and drinkable. Moreover, our tank and equipment is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for potable water use.