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Vol. 1, No. 3  --  November 22, 2000


Welcome to safedrinkingwater.com NEWS, the premier newsletter for the drinking water quality community.  Our intent is to make this newsletter the best and first source of news and information for drinking water quality professionals, with a combination of timely articles and incisive commentary from the leading observers in the industry.
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This week's NEWS
     "Hot" news about "not your everyday" contaminants is featured with focus on Mycobacterium Avium Complex bacteria, PAHs and questions about "bugs and drugs" in Birmingham, Alabama.  A "burning" cross-connection issue heats up. The bottled vs. tap water discussion is revived in Akron, Ohio. Of course, chromium and arsenic are still on the front burner. 


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Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)
Commentary: After teasing the public with "deadly little secret" leads, the local SF ABC TV "investigative report" on MAC hinted at drinking water connection. (Their website provides a host of links to "more than you thought you wanted to know about MAC".  State Health and local water utilities received almost no consumer contacts and no print media.  Follow-up TV stories in San Diego and other areas are possible.


Commentary: Many groundwater-only systems that chlorinate as a precaution or for distribution residual maintenance (but NOT for Giardia or virus disinfection) will ONLY be required to have operators with Distribution Certificates! 
Commentary: Two reports on arsenic removal by IX, AA & Fe removal, most recent October, 2000 and a review of Federal regulations and those of 7 key states regarding drinking water treatment residuals focusing on arsenic


Commentary: For the second time in recent months, a "backflow" incident related to fire fighting revives the long-discussed and debated question in "cross-connection circles" regarding the possible need for backflow prevention on fire services (with attendant issues of costs and unknown impacts on fire protection).

Commentary: Every water system manager and operator could learn from this dialogue

  • Drinking water: How many glasses per day? (LA Times, November 20)

    Commentary: While no "quality" issues are examined, this story provides a fascinating "reality check" into American drinking water habits. It provides interesting fodder for the discussion on standard assumptions used for drinking water risk assessments and regulations.



Commentary: While not considered a "waterborne-by-ingestion" disease, there is a water link through air conditioning and ventilating systems.  Check out the related sites for Frequently Asked Questions and other information.




Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Commentary: After major changes by local and national watercraft engine interests to respond to MTBE concerns about two-stroke engines, another gasoline related issue clouds the issue.........and the clarity-sensitive Tahoe water?




Bottled Water

Commentary: NRDC's March, 2000 report on bottled water is revisited in a balanced story with a quotable Erik Olson quote and a 2500 to 1 relative cost. (That could be $325,000 per acre-foot?)


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