What is the difference between raw water and drinking water?

Basically, there are two general categories to designate the types of water: raw and drinking water. Raw water is managed by San Luis Agua State Society and belongs to the integrated management of the resource that is stored and/or transported by means of the provincial water infrastructure which includes dams, aqueducts, canals, public wells and boreholes.

The competences in the water field of policies managed by San Luis Agua are expanded in terms of the resource used by irrigation societies, producers, cooperatives, and municipalities across the province, because this state-owned company is the entity that supplies water through aqueducts to water treatment plants.

Once the raw water enters the treatment plants, the purification process begins, which makes water suitable for human consumption; this stage is taken over by the municipality. The water which is now drinkable is distributed by means of the cities local distribution networks to each dwelling unit.

Thus, in general terms, the addressees of San Luis Agua policy are farmers, irrigators, societies; that is to say users of raw water for production; whereas in the case of the water distributed by the local home distribution network managed by municipal organizations, the service recipients are citizens and inhabitants of the province’s villages, towns and cities.

The differentiation between both concepts is important to both raw water and drinking water users, because queries, complaints or suggestions should be directed to the provincial or municipal authority, as appropriate.