See definition of “drinking water” [30 TAC § 290.38(23)] and “human consumption” [30 TAC § 290.38(36)]. Luckily, as residents in northeast Indiana, the decision is a little easier for us. Self-supplied domestic water use is typically withdrawn from a private source, such as a well, or captured as rainwater in a cistern. The following is a suggested system of colour codes and labels used to identify different grades of water: • Drinking-water: green background with white lettering Washing dishes If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory. Non-potable water. More than one in five Americans uses drinking water treated with chloramines. Water that contains chloramines and meets EPA regulatory standards is safe to use for drinking… How much water do you use washing the dishes? 1 Human consumption means the use of water for drinking, bathing or showering, hand washing, oral hygiene, or cooking, including but not limited to, preparing food and washing dishes per Section §116275(e) of the Health and Safety Code. domestic water use–water used for indoor household purposes such as drinking, food preparation, bathing, washing clothes and dishes, flushing toilets, and outdoor purposes such as watering lawns and gardens. 19.4 Identification of potable and non potable-drinking-water systems The pipes in all buildings having drinking-water and non-drinking-water systems must be clearly identified. Potable water is used for preparing food or beverages for human consumption, for washing dishes and utensils that are used to prepare or consume food or beverages, for bathing, or for any other purpose that might result in the ingestion of water or its contact with the skin. Ok, cause I was reading something earlier that stated in some countries like Indonesia it is ok for showers and dishes but maybe that's more of a case of immunity that makes it ok. Non-potable water is not considered ok for showers or dishes, at least in the US. Chloramines have been used by water utilities for almost 90 years, and their use is closely regulated. Domestic water use includes potable and non-potable water provided to households by a public water supplier (domestic deliveries) and self-supplied water use. 1915.88(c)(1) The employer may use non-potable water for other purposes such as firefighting and cleaning outdoor premises so long as it does not contain chemicals, fecal matter, coliform, or other substances at levels that may create a hazard for employees. Nonpotable water shall not be used for washing any portion of the person, cooking or eating utensils, or clothing. • Connections that must be counted include those that use the water for potable purposes such as drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, bathing, washing hands, washing dishes, food preparation, and beverage preparation, etc. It turns out we are lucky enough to have an abundance of clean water here in Allen County, and even though we want to conserve that clean water, it is a plus for washing dishes. 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