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Drinking Water Safety

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General Information 

Drinking Water Aesthetics Concerns

NIH Drinking Water Changes

Human Health Issues

General Information

Water supplied to the NIH main campus and Washington DC metro area facilities comes from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). This is the same water supplied to the surrounding communities and no additional water treatment is provided by NIH. All public water systems are required by Federal Law through the Safe Drinking Water Act to ensure that the water supply and distribution systems under their control meet the criteria for safe drinking water. 

 

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Drinking Water Aesthetics Concerns

Drinking water aesthetics (odor, taste, and color) concerns and water fountains that are not in a working, sanitary condition should be reported to your facility manager for follow-up.  This can be done by phone or by placing a maintenance service request online.

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Human Health Issues

Persons suspecting they have become ill after consuming something from an NIH facility should report IMMEDIATELY to Occupational Medical Services Office (OMS), Bldg. 10, Room 6C306, for evaluation. If a drinking water source is perceived to be an immediate threat to human health or is suspected as a cause of illness, it should be reported immediately to the Division of Occupational Health and Safety at (301) 496-2960. After hours, contact NIH Emergency Services at 911 for assistance. The DOHS will work with facility management and NIH emergency services to assess and evaluate the drinking water source to ensure the distribution system is not affecting public health.

  

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