May 2, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 18 NEWS -- the premier newsletter for the drinking water quality industry.

This week's NEWS

Falsifying water quality records leads to legal charges.  You can "hear" some of the news this week as Dr. Strangelove reappears in Arizona discussions of fluoridation while not-so-subtle roadblocks are proposed in the California legislature.  Another Boxer-Clinton marriage (the future may be filled with these) would legislate a CCR arsenic advisory that is now in regulatory limbo......and it's blessed by a Kennedy!  The 1999 California CCRs are scrutinized, dissected, vivisected and graded. A report critical of groundwater monitoring oversight by California EPA agencies is released to push legislation and a home treatment trade group releases tap water consumer survey to push..............sales?

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Consumer Confidence Reports
  • California CCR final rule is effective May 26 (PDF file)
  • Enviro watchdog groups grade California water system CCRs in "report card" (PDF, 51 pages) and some northern California water agencies are spotlighted (Contra Costa Times, April 30)
    Commentary: Water utilities that, in all but a few isolated cases, fully meet the federal and state requirements for providing water quality information to their customers wonder about the arbitrary grading criteria used by a coalition of public-interest groups in assessing CCRs.  But, everyone can empathize with the Atascadero Mutual Water Company, which received a miserable score of 25 in the print-copy of the report based on tardiness in distributing its CCR, but had its score changed to 101 (A+) and was recognized as having "one of the state's finest CCRs" the errata on page 51 of the 51-page PDF version of the report.  Bottom line: Even if they are not included in the report, public water systems will want to review the report and give serious consideration to its recommendations.


  • Northern California water operator charged with falsifying records (Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 27)
    Commentary: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!"  To err is human, to falsify a report is.............generally considered as the most egregious of offenses. California Health and Safety Code, Section 116730 includes, as one of the acts that can result in a fine up to $25,000 and/or up to a year in jail, the following: "Any person who knowingly.....(1) Makes any false statement or representation in any application, record, report, or other document submitted....for purposes of compliance with this chapter."



Groundwater Issues

Water Meetings
  • The National Drinking Water Advisory Council will meet in El Paso, NM on May 12-13
    Commentary: This is a meeting of the full council under its new Chairman, Dr. David Spath, who heads the California Drinking Water Program and is President of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators.  Contrary to other media reports, the NDWAC workgroup proposed by USEPA to evaluate the costs of the arsenic regulation will NOT be meeting at that time as it will likely not yet be fully constituted. Because NDWAC is a Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) group, it is likely that USEPA will need to publish a notice on the workgroup in the Federal Register and that should occur soon.
Source Water Assessments
Leukemia in Fallon, NV
  • Another leukemia case found in Fallon (Excite News, April 27)
    Commentary: The identification of a "cluster" of childhood leukemia cases in the Fallon area against the background of high naturally-occurring arsenic levels in the area groundwater, not unexpectedly, causes fingers to be immediately pointed in that direction.  However, state and national health experts currently do not feel there is a connection.

Consumer Water Quality Survey

Legionnaire's Disease



Water Infrastructure 
Lake Water Treatment
USGS Budget


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