What is a Public Water System?
A "public water system" has 15 or more service
connections or regularly serves at least 25 people 60 or more days a
year. A system that serves water 60 or more days a year is considered
to "regularly serve" water. Public water systems can be
publicly or privately owned. Public water systems are subdivided by
regulation into two major categories: community and non-community
water systems. This division is based on the type of consumer served
and the frequency the consumer uses the water. Basically, a community
system serves water to a residential population, whereas a
non-community system serves water to a non-residential population. The
non-community category is further broken down into two categories:
non-transient non-community water system and transient non-community
maintained by the West Virginia Water System Capacity Development Program.
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