Did you know that perfectly safe water contains millions of non-pathogenic microbes in every glassful of tap water? The same is just as true of bottled water.
In the last century the construction of sanitary water delivery systems has ended diseases such as typhoid and cholera that put the public in danger. Although water safety has vastly improved, drinking water is still occasionally contaminated with waterborne illnesses and pathogens. The American Academy of Microbiology in April, 2012, assembled a colloquium to assess what is known about the microbial inhabitants of the water distribution system and to propose goals for advancing understanding of these communities in order to enhance the safety of our drinking water and the resilience of our water structure.
View/download this report: MICROBES IN PIPES: The Microbiology of the Water Distribution System