Two new studies demonstrate that the pipes carrying drinking water from home taps and public wells may let in viruses that cause stomach illness. The studies are both related to one of the largest government-funded research projects examining illnesses linked to public water supplies. The project compared 14 public water systems in Wisconsin over the course of two years. Inputting measurements into risk-estimate models, researchers found that drinking water contaminated by traveling through pipes could be responsible for up to 1.1 million cases of acute stomach illness annually. For safer tap water, it’s recommended to check if your water is disinfected, and if isn’t, home systems are available to clean water before drinking.

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