The Environmental Protection Agency has established rules for airlines to disinfect their water systems on airplanes as well as test the water for coliform bacteria. "This rule is a significant step forward in protecting people's health when they travel," said Peter Silva of the EPA. "EPA has taken this step to make sure the public has drinking water that meets standards, both in the air and on the ground." The Air Transport Association said the rule "will not fundamentally change" practices and procedures already in place by carriers. "Aircraft drinking water has been and will remain safe," said an ATA spokesman.
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