Airlines agree to stringent drinking water safeguards following EPA warnings
Airlines are going to follow costly new EPA guidelines for monitoring the quality and safety of on-board water. But I have a question on this: is anybody really crazy enough to drink the tap water on an airplane in the first place? They do have bottled water, you know. That tap water in the closet-sized bathroom is for washing your hands, not hydrating your entire body. If you find this article interesting, be sure to also read ''Fluoride conference reveals fraudulent science behind mass fluoridation; fluoride policy is a public fraud.''
- Some of the nation''s largest airlines yesterday agreed to stricter inspection and monitoring of the drinking water used on their aircraft, two months after a federal study of 158 planes found that 1 in 8 failed government health standards.
- Under a two-year agreement, the airlines will test the water from each plane during the next year and report the results each quarter to the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Before the agreement, each airline had separate testing, disinfection and EPA reporting policies.
- In September, the EPA found that drinking water in an estimated 12.6 percent of the nation''s aircraft tested positive for various forms of bacteria, including coliform, and failed to meet EPA standards.
- They require additional maintenance and that aircraft to be taken out of operation during testing and disinfecting, said Nancy Young, managing director of environmental programs for the Air Transport Association, the Washington-based airline trade group.
- Young said a cost estimate has not been made.
- While most aircraft serve either bottled or canned water to passengers, the onboard supply is used for coffee and tea.
- Twelve airlines agreed to abide by the new procedures: Alaska, Aloha, American, America West, ATA, Continental, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Midwest, Northwest, United and US Airways.
- Southwest spokeswoman Julie Hatch said the airline has been developing its own water sampling and disinfection system for the past year and plans to implement it fully by the end of the month.
- Southwest is also the only airline that drains the water tanks on all of its aircraft each night and refills them each morning, said Air Transport Association spokesman Jack Evans.
- Delta spokesman Anthony Black said the airline''s current water testing program exceeds the monitoring in the new agreement.
- At the time, airline officials disputed the results of the EPA''s test and argued that the carriers'' water was safe and that no one had ever become sick from it.
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