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Frequently, the only targets for the drinking water threat are resource uses. This may be because intakes are usually massive in terms of population served and are, therefore, relatively few and far between compared to wells. Because the surface water resource factor receives only 5 target points, this factor generally has little impact unless the site score is near the cutoff score. On the other hand, documenting this factor is generally easy HRS Guidance Manual, Highlight 8-45, page 290.

Note the emphasis on the word "commercial" when documenting resource uses. Commercial food preparation refers to such things as canneries, rather than restaurants. Remember that a water slide or community pool may be a "major or designated water recreation area."

State designation of usability under Section 305(a) of the Clean Water Act is an easy-to-document resource use that may be overlooked.

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