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2, No. 5 -- January 31, 2001
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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Supply and Quality in 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."
the DWR website where press releases are posted for updates of the water
supply and water quality situation.
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.
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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