posted on Jan, 19 2005 @ 01:14 PM
In a round of testing that took place in November and December of 2004, 17% of randomly tested airliner water supplies tested positive for coliform
bacteria. Tests in August and September showed that 12.5% percent of airliner water supplies tested positive for coliform bacteria. Coliform
bacteria is harmless, but is considered to be an indicator of other more harmful bacteria. No airliner tested positive for E. coli, which does cause
illness. An airline spokesman said that airliner water is as safe as the municipal water supplies from which it is drawn.
Drinking water aboard the nation's airliners is getting worse, not better, despite government-ordered sanitation improvements, the Environmental
Protection Agency said Wednesday.
About one in six airliners in the latest round of tests conducted in November and December had drinking water that failed to meet federal safety
standards, EPA said. Similar tests in August and September showed the water in one in eight aircraft testing positive for coliform bacteria.
The latest round of testing produced positive results for presence of the bacteria in 29 of 169 randomly selected passenger aircraft carrying domestic
and international passengers. The tests were done on water from galley water taps and lavatory faucets on planes at 14 airports throughout the United
The coliform bacteria _ usually harmless itself but an indicator of the possible presence of other harmful organisms _ was found in the planes ranging
from small commuter aircraft to jumbo jets is usually harmless by itself. None had E. coli bacteria, which can cause gastrointestinal illness.
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As if there aren't enough perils associated with air travel, now we have to worry about the water supply. It should be noted that testing airliner
water from lavatories could influence results because there is a more likely chance of cross contamination. Personally, on those occasions when I
have to fly, I'll stick with the diet 7up, even though the results of the testing, according to EPA officials, aren't sufficient to cause panic.
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[edit on 05/1/19 by GradyPhilpott]