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Vol. 2, No.  5 --  January 31, 2001


This week's NEWS

Looks like a drought is headed California's way to add to the misery of power shortages.  The regulatory spotlight shines on Oregon's drinking water program while consumer confidence reports get some increased attention. California legislators want federal studies of the chromium cancer issue and more money to determine how it got in the groundwater. Some interesting health effects information has been released on the Hinkley site.  ICR data and information is now readily available. MTBE causes frustration for water suppliers while advocates of its continued use in gasoline sue California.



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Water Supply and Quality in California

California water shortage could have a huge impact on water quality.  The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will announce either today or tomorrow that they are cutting allocations on the State Water Project from 40% to 20% for project contractors.  This is an early-in-the-year estimate but indicates how much trouble the water supply in California is in.  The recent storm track missed critical State Water Project reservoirs and did not dump any reasonable snow pack in the Sierras.  Water quality in Southern California on the East Branch of the State Water Project is already degrading with high total organic carbon and bromide concentrations coming out of Lake Silverwood.  One observer of the California situation has summed it up thus:

"The bad news is that we don't have any water, but the good news is we don't have any power, so we couldn't pump it if we wanted to."

Check the DWR website where press releases are posted for updates of the water supply and water quality situation.


Information Collection Rule
  • The Technical Work Group Data Analysis Website has been relocated recently.  It contains a wealth of Information Collection Rule (ICR) information for the drinking water quality professional.  It includes tables and graphs that display ICR data analyzed in many different ways, as well as  downloadable ICR Auxiliary databases for do-it-yourselfers.  You will need to enter a User ID and password to enter the site:  Use "guest" for User ID and "username" as the password (no quotation marks).  For more on why ICR data is important, please see Michael McGuire's presentation at the 2000 WQTC


Regulatory and Compliance








Watershed Protection



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  • Boil water advisory results from union strike in Israel (Jerusalem Post, January 30)
    While no unsafe water has been noted, the lack of monitoring and lab tests precipitated the precautionary boil water advisory.  Of special interest is the government's position that food manufacturers have internal monitoring programs to assure safe products.


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