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Vol. 1, No. 5 --  December 6, 2000


This week's NEWS

Perchlorate continues to garner headlines with elevated levels in Lake Mead and more reactions to the perchlorate-human volunteer testing.   Lawsuits are everywhere: Canada, California and........Florida?.  While E. Coli of all types are important, the "numbered versions" are lawsuit guarantees. We get a glimpse into the life of a small water system and interesting insights into how persons who "believe" they are victims of environmental contamination view the legal process and ongoing research.


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  • 25% of wells in one Wisconsin county could be affected by more stringent arsenic standard (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 1)
    Commentary: The previously reported "beltway" rumor that the Clinton administration MIGHT rush through an arsenic rule if it appeared Gov. Bush would win the election has continued to heat up with reports that EPA personnel are being pulled away from other assignments to help finalize the rule.  But, what will the number be?  Certainly less than the high value of 15,000 ppb reported in one Wisconsin well!











Small Water System
  • "The Littlest Water War In The West" hits thirsty little California town (Santa Rosa Press Democrat, December 3)
    While the main point of this story is "adequacy of supply", not water quality, the two are inextricably intertwined.  This story is insightful as to what it is really like to be involved with a small water system, a really small system, of which there are thousands in the U.S.


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  • Water leader Balcerzak passes away (The Signal, November 29)
      This newsletter does not normally publish obituaries, but we are making an exception in this case.  Dick Balcerzak was Chief of Operations and Assistant General Manager at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California during the crucial period of 1980 to 1990 when the Water Quality Division was formed and became a world-leader in the field.  He was a champion for safe drinking water with the Board of Directors and senior management during important times.  I will miss him.  Michael J. McGuire, Publisher


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