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Dust on site is causing major health issues, and using incorrect water to suppress it could be causing a lot more.
Many Construction workers die every week from lung diseases caused by exposure to dust and using the wrong water to suppress it. Many more suffer from severe chronic long-term lung conditions. Don’t make the same mistake as those who have not realised the health risks...

The Difference Between Clean Water and Drinking Water


Water is just water, right? Wrong. Choosing the wrong water could result in a serious health condition. But don’t worry because we have compiled a detailed guide to help you find the best type of water for your site. Read on to find out more.

How is Clean Water Measured?

Water levels are measured using the pH scale. The pH scale is rated from 1-14 with 1 representing the most acidotic result, 13 representing alkalinity, and 7 being the neutral point. The value that is given represents the drinkability of water.

Examples of standard levels are water from a tap is normally 7.5, with bottled water being 7. This contrasts with sea water, which is 8, meaning it needs to be treated before drinking.

What is the Difference Between Clean Water and Drinking Water?

The main difference between clean water and drinking water is drinking water is suitable for human consumption whereas clean water is suitable for all other site activity. Our water tankers can provide both clean water and drinking water in bulk across the country.

This water can then be stored in a water tank on site and connected to suitable apparatus. We have a wide variety of water tanks, ranging from 1,000 litres to 30,000 litres of storage. This water is then loaded onto a tanker suitable for clean water only. The water pipes for these trailers are not WRAS (Water Regulation Advisory Scheme) approved. This means that the water that flows through these pipes is not fit for human consumption.

Drinking water, also known as potable water, is delivered in specially designed water tankers. These tankers are made from 316L Stainless Steel. The construction of these tankers makes them suitable for delivering food products. Stainless Steel 316 L is also recognised by WRAS.

There is a detailed process the tanker goes through before it leaves the depot to be filled. These processes include but are not limited to cleaning and chlorinating the tanker before use. Here at Tardis, we adhere to strict standards which mean the tanker and water will be fully tested before being dispatched to its destination.
When the operative reaches their destination there are a few checks that need to be carried out. The operative will need to make sure that there are suitable and safe means for drinking water storage. After all checks are complete and the load has been delivered, the operative will need to carry out the water tests again to make sure the water is safe for human consumption.

To make sure drinking water is suitable for human consumption, it must be tested every 24 hours. This is to make sure the water meets the British water standards BS8551 and BS8558.

What are the Uses for Clean Water and Drinking Water?

Drinking water is safe for human consumption and is used for the preparation of food. This service will be useful for construction sites, festivals and at a wide range of other events. This is because for these events you will need to provide drinking water that is fit for consumption.


Clean water is used for everything except for drinking. For example, clean water can be used for hand washing and toilet flushing. It could also be used for cleaning the site or filling a swimming pool. The versatility of this option makes it a great choice for events and construction sites.

How We Can Help

Tardis Environmental is a family run business which specialises in environmental services, which has been running for 28 years. Three years ago, we launched a new section of the company called Tardis H20 on site, which specialises in bulk water. In 2017, the London Stock Exchange Group recognised us as one of the top 1000 companies to inspire Britain.


Tardis Environmental can deliver drinking water in tankers which can carry up to 30,000 litres of clean or drinking water at a time. Tardis Environmental can also deliver Water Tanks up to 30,000 litres that can be configured for clean or drinking water. We can also offer a testing service for drinking water every 24 hours if you require.
To enquire about any of these services, please use this contact form and a friendly member of staff will give you a quote.

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