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This study builds on previous work which shows that (a) the quantities of water used for domestic purposes are affected by a variety of socio-economic and environmental conditions and (b) that the incidence of water-washed diseases is affected by the quantities of water used for personal hygiene. The study uses a linear regression model to examine the determinants of reported personal hygiene practices of children in 87 farmworker families in eastern North Carolina. The results suggest that by ensuring that families have water piped into the house, handwashing is substantially increased and that by having access to heated water to showers, bathing of children, too, may be substantially increased. It is concluded that if hygiene practices of farmworkers are to be improved, enforcement of existing legislation will have to be improved and amendments to this legislation enacted.