Skip to main content
Medicine LibreTexts

8: Water and Minerals

Drinking water, also known as potable water or improved drinking water, is water safe enough for drinking and food preparation. Globally, in 2012, 89% of people had access to water suitable for drinking. Nearly 4 billion had access to tap water while another 2.3 billion had access to wells or public taps. 1.8 billion people still use an unsafe drinking water source which may be contaminated by feces. This can result in infectious diarrhea such as cholera and typhoid among others. We will also discuss the category of essential nutrients called Minerals, also known as  Dietary elements or mineral nutrients. Minerals are naturally occurring chemical elements required by living organisms for survival.  Many of the minerals we need are plentiful in a typical scoop of dirt!