What is Potable Water?
You may have heard the term “potable water,” but exactly what does that mean? Potable is defined as water that has been approved by the Washington Department of Health (or agency or laboratory acceptable to the Department of Health) as safe for drinking and suitable for food processing. Whether it’s from your kitchen sink, bottled water from the store, or the water cooler at work, drinking water that has met these standards is potable.
Silverdale Water District monitors the water that we provide our customers to ensure that it meets all applicable safety requirements. Visit our Water Quality page for more information.
What is Recycled Water?
Recycled water starts out as domestic wastewater, but is then treated and tested for specific purposes. Recycled water is not drinking water. It can be used for watering grass and plants, to replenish groundwater, to flush toilets in commercial and industrial buildings, or for similar purposes1. Recycled water flows through dedicated “purple” pipes, and does not come in contact with drinking water.
Silverdale Water District is working with the Washington Department of Health, Kitsap County, the University of Washington, and high-consumption end-users to bring recycled water to Silverdale. This recycled water will be used for flushing toilets and irrigation at high-consumption commercial properties.
Visit our Recycled Water page for more information on Silverdale Water District’s progress on bringing recycled water to our community.