October 19, 2009: Aircraft Drinking Water Regulations

Drinking water fill point on the rear bottom side of the aircraft

Drinking water fill point on the rear bottom side of the aircraft

October 19, 2009: Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR) is adopted by USEPA. “The primary purpose of the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR) is to ensure that safe and reliable drinking water is provided to aircraft passengers and crew. This entails providing air carriers with a feasible way to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the national primary drinking water regulations (NPDWRs). The existing regulations were designed primarily with traditional, stationary public water systems in mind. Some of these requirements have proven difficult to implement when applied to aircraft water systems, which are operationally very different.  Therefore, using a collaborative rulemaking process, EPA developed the ADWR that is tailored to aircraft public water systems. The final rule combines coliform sampling, best management practices, corrective action, public notification, operator training, and reporting and recordkeeping to improve public health protection.”

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One thought on “October 19, 2009: Aircraft Drinking Water Regulations

  1. Chet Anderson

    Interesting that it took so long for these airplane-water-safety rules to emerge, especially considering that for many years prior to the passage of the SDWA, the only federal oversight for public drinking water systems were via the USPHS rules for oversight of “common carrier watering points”. (i.e. a water system that served an airport which had interstate airlines). The application of those rules was by state drinking water regulatory agencies (at least in California). The federal USPHS (prior to EPA) may have directly enforced the rules in some states that did not have formal drinking water oversight agencies.

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