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Public water system:
     "A system for the provision to the public of water for human consumption through pipes or other constructed conveyances, if the system has at least 15 service connections or regularly serves an average of at least 25 individuals daily at least 60 days per year. A public water system is either a community water system (CWS) or a non-community water system (non-CWS). The term "public water system" includes any collection, treatment, storage or distribution facilities under control of the operator of such system and used primarily in connection with such system and any collection or pretreatment storage facilities not under such control which are used primarily in connection with such system." (415 ILCS 55/9a6) The term public water system applies to both surface water and groundwater supplies. Public water systems often supply water for nondrinking purposes, for example for manufacturing purposes; however, the water supplied will meet quality standards for human consumption.
      
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