- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
The EPA on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, issued a final rule for drinking water on commercial airplanes. The rule provides multiple-barrier protection through requirements for coliform sampling, best management practices, corrective action, public notification, monitoring and operator training. The rule specifically targeted microbiological contamination.
The rule applies to aircrafts' onboard water system only. The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for regulating the airport watering points that include the water cabinets, carts, trucks, and hoses from which aircraft board water. The EPA and the states are responsible for regulating the public water systems that supply drinking water to the airport watering points.
The final aircraft drinking water rule tailors existing health-based drinking water regulations to fit the unique characteristics of aircraft public water systems. Aircraft public water systems are subject to the requirements of the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs) under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The rule amends NPDWRs for these systems, building on existing aircraft operations and maintenance programs.