Today’s modern food processing industries are heavily reliant upon water as both an ingredient and as an integral part of their preparation and processing functions. While in some instances the water used is further processed and treated by the food manufacturer, in many cases this supply of water is obtained from local municipal sources and under goes no further monitoring or processing beyond what is done by the local utility that supplies it to the end users. Unfortunately, in most cases little or no monitoring of the quality of this water by the water provider occurs beyond the water treatment plant. The vast labyrinth of pipes known as the distribution system that delivers the water is, for the most part, unmonitored.
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