May 9, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 19 NEWS -- the premier newsletter for the drinking water quality industry.

This week's NEWS

Cryptosporidium rears its ugly head in Canada with another Watergate-style controversy on who knew what and when did they know it.  Arsenic is covered on every waterfront: Political, regulatory, science, college commentary and..........medicine?  What is blue or green and....unwanted?  New Federal MCL for uranium impacts Nebraska and the USEPA gets a new assistant administrator for water.

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    Correction:  In last week's NEWS, we linked a story from the L.A. Daily News that incorrectly indicated a chromium treatment project had been approved by AWWA.  First, the project is still a proposal and second, it is AWWARF that is involved with the San Fernando area cities.  While we can't catch all of the errors in news stories that we link, we will try to correct any that we find or that you call to our attention.
  • National Toxicology Program's Scientific Board of Counselors will meet on May 25.
    Hexavalent chromium is on the agenda.

Public Outreach

Colored Water

  • Green-dyed Northern California creek thought to be a prank (Redding Record Searchlight, May 3)
  • North Carolina community's blue water is not a health concern (Greenville News, May 2)
    Commentary: The source of color in drinking water is potentially of serious concern for two reasons.  In the first instance, the time, effort, cost and consumer alarm associated with an unknown water quality impact can be very significant.  In the second, it is always a great frustration for water quality professionals not to be able to pinpoint the reason for unusual changes in physical properties of drinking water.




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