Nonpotable water is water that has not been treated or examined or approved by authorities as safe for consumption. However, this type of water is often used in plumbing through toilets, for laundry or through cooling towers for make-up water. How it is used depends on its quality. Also known as reclaimed or recycled water, it can be used for irrigation of crops.
In a home, it is used in order to conserve water, to save money and to make sure that a community will have the water they need to bathe or drink from when they need it. This allows the residents to use reclaimed water in incidents that don’t require a certain quality level of water.
Never bathe in this type of water, use it in swimming pools or aquariums, connect it to fountains, use it in HVAC equipment or wash a car, driveway or sidewalks with this type of water. A professional home inspector can inspect a plumbing system so that it is held up to code and to make sure that the water in the home is safe and being used properly.