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Drinking Water

Drinking water or potable water is water of sufficiently high quality that can be consumed or used with low risk of immediate or long term harm. In most developed countries, the water supplied to households, commerce and industry is all of drinking water standard, even though only a very small proportion is actually consumed or used in food preparation.  Typical uses include washing or landscape irrigation.

Drinking Water from AlansKitchen.comOver large parts of the world, humans have inadequate access to potable water and use sources contaminated with disease vectors, pathogens or unacceptable levels of toxins or suspended solids.

Such water is not wholesome, and drinking or using such water in food preparation leads to widespread acute and chronic illnesses and is a major cause of death and misery in many countries.  Reduction of waterborne diseases is a major public health goal in developing countries.

Water has always been an important and life-sustaining drink to humans and is essential to the survival of all organisms.  Excluding fat, water composes approximately 70% of the human body by mass.  It is a crucial component of metabolic processes and serves as a solvent for many bodily solutes.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency in risk assessment calculations assumes that the average American adult ingests 2.0 litres per day.  A daily diet of fruits, vegetables and grains requires more than 1,500 litres of water, as compared to 4,300 litres needed for a diet rich of animal protein.

Drinking water of a variety of qualities is bottled.  Bottled water is sold for public consumption throughout the world.

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