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Water which is suitable for _____________ is called _______________ water. 
(Washing, bathing, drinking, potable, soft).

Last updated date: 20th Jun 2024
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Hint: Potable water is described as the water which is filtered and treated properly and is finally free from all the contaminants and harmful bacteria. This purified water is fit to drink and it can be called ‘drinking water’ after the purification processes and is safe for both cooking and drinking. Water is purified by various processes, some of these are by using UV filtered water purifier, by reverse osmosis, and many more.

Complete step by step answer:
There are various methods through which normal water can be converted to potable water or drinking water:

Filtration: Filtration is a very helpful process in purifying water. Two types of filters can be found in the market. Some are those which rely on carbon filters and remove the bacteria and others are those which use chemicals like iodine etc for the treatment of water. Filters are very heavy and require frequent replacement and are also very expensive at the same time.

Distillation: Distillation of water includes boiling water and collecting the vapor and leaving the bacteria and contaminants behind. Distilled water is one of the purest forms of water, almost a hundred percent of the contaminants are removed from the home distillation system and it gives water which is purer than that from filters.

Boiling: The easiest and most well-known way to purify water is boiling. It neutralizes a majority of viruses and bacteria in the supply but it cannot remove all the heavy contaminants present in it.

So the answer is- The water suitable for drinking is called potable water.

So, the correct answer is (drinking, potable)

Note: The water which is not potable or fit for drinking is referred to as raw water and is mostly from sources like groundwater, rivers, and lakes. Sometimes the non-potable water may also taste normal just like potable water, but it can create major health problems. People in developed countries don’t know the source of the water they drink or cook with. In some developing countries like Africa, access to potable water is still very hard.