When teens are not near a potable water source, they fill water bottles at streams, springs, or other natural water sources. Iodine tablets are used to purify the water for safe drinking. Staying hydrated is vital in the backcountry, so we fill up every chance we get. Each participant carries at least two quart-size water bottles.
There are two major sources of drinking water: surface water and groundwater. Surface water comes from lakes, reservoirs and rivers, while groundwater comes from wells that the water supplier drills into aquifers. An aquifer is an underground geologic formation through which water flows slowly. Most large cities in the United States use surface water, and most small towns use groundwater.
water suitable for drinking
Drinking water is defined as water intended primarily for human consumption but which has other domestic uses.
Water that is pure enough for drinking.
water pure enough for humans to drink
See " Potable Water."
the one percent of a household's entire water use that is designated for drinking or food preparation; also referred to as food grade water
1. A water, treated or untreated, which is intended for human use and consumption and considered to be free of harmful chemicals and disease-causing bacteria, cysts, viruses, or other microorganisms.
Drinking water is water that is intended to be ingested by humans. Water of sufficient quality to serve as drinking water is termed potable water whether it is used as such or not. Although many fresh water sources are utilised by humans, some contain disease vectors or pathogens and cause health problems if they do not meet certain water quality guidelines.