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Potable water(general)

Potable water or tap water became available in the late 1800's and was common in most homes in the US by the mid 1900's. The water itself can be gotten from a private well or from a public water service.

Private wells have their own pump and storage tank, while those on public water already have pressurized water coming into the house. From there on, they are both similar.

There are a few options when it comes to the makeup of the home's water system. The type of pipe has changed over the years. For a long time, copper tubing was the pipe of choice for potable water systems. It is still used quite heavily, but pex pipe is gaining popularity quickly due to it's cost and ease of installation.

Before copper, there was galvanized. This was the cheapest and longest lasting material available at the time. However, it doesn't last as long as copper or pex will. Most original galavanized pipe has already been replaced and if it hasn't, it is reaching the end of it's life span.

The water lines get connected to the fixtures in the home. Information on these can be found in the fixture section.

Standard pressures for potable water systems are:
30-60psi for wells.
50-80psi for public water systems.

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