The United States Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) has stringent standards in place to ensure the safe distribution of water. However, water quality problems (e.g. water main breaks, elevated turbidity, microbiological non-compliance, etc.) can result in these standards not being met. The consequence of this is often a boil water advisory to inform the public that the water is unsafe to drink. While the total costs associated with a boil order is often difficult to quantify, it they can range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to potentially millions depending on the population of the area affected, the duration of boil order and costs associated with re-establishing safe drinking water.
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