Frequent Questions

My facility treats water for processing purposes and employees use this water to shower. The definition of a public water system includes the words "human consumption." Can showering be considered "human consumption?"

On February 26, 1988, the United States District Court settled the U.S. v. Midway Heights case in part by claiming "human consumption includes drinking, bathing, showering, cooking, dishwashing, and maintaining oral hygiene" EPA Water supply guidance memo H22, August 1989. This guidance is available at http://water.epa.gov/aboutow/ogwdw/wsg_subject.cfm.
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