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Mattoon v. City of Pittsfield – Would You Like Your Water with a Side of Giardiasis?

Jennifer Whitcomb

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When you turn on the tap in your home, you probably assume that clear, clean water will flow from the faucet. If you live near a big city, it is most likely that your water supplier relies on surface water to obtain large quantities of water because of the ease  and speed by which it can be collected. If you live in a less urban area, your supplier likely relies on groundwater to meet the demand for household water. No matter the water’s source, however, it must be gathered, filtered, disinfected, treated, and safeguarded from bacteria, viruses, and microscopic organisms before it can be delivered to your home. In order to accomplish this goal, water suppliers must comply with state and federal water safety regulations.
40 New Eng. L. Rev. 1023

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