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24 Water that leaves the treatment facility can become contaminated by the time it shows up at your tap. Municipalities don't continuously monitor the water pipes that transport water to homes. Also, in some cases, home well water hasn't been tested in years, possibly not since the well became active. No standards govern the testing of private well water. There are rules in certain places — some states or the USEPA recommend annual testing, and in some cases require testing when a home or business is sold. Otherwise, private well water quality is largely unde- fined and unmonitored. The Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) If your home is served by a public water system, get a copy of your municipality's CCR. Community water systems (those providing service to more than 25 people or 15 house- holds) are required by the USEPA to issue a CCR every year, usually at the beginning of July. The report details what contaminants, if any, exist in the water supply and how these contaminants might impact health. The CCR informs consumers about the source of their drinking water, details recent water quality testing results, then compares the results to the USEPA's health-based standard. The document also provides info about Cryptosporidium and lead, even if these con- taminants aren't found in the water supply. If your CCR states the water is considered safe, and yet it still tastes, smells, or looks bad, you may wish to do further testing These materials are the copyright of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and any dissemination, distribution, or unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

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