May 23, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 21
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This week's NEWS

Boil water advisories become commonplace in Canada but can occur anywhere.....even in Kansas, Toto!  Reverse privatization occurs in California mountain system with activists' help. Michigan residents say "No Way, Pear-E-A" but FDA says a spring is in the eye of the beholder. EPA clarifies the extended, delayed, once-removed effective date of the arsenic rule, and the NDWAC arsenic-cost panel is on board and ready to get to work.  Another California area finds hexavalent chromium in ground water.

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Regulatory

Arsenic

Chromium

De-Privatization

Drinking Water SRF
  • SRF allocation formula for states is revised (Federal Register, May 18)
    Commentary: USEPA has used the 1999 Needs Survey results to adjust the allocation of funds under the DWSRF to the states.  While every state gets at least 1% of the total (about $7.8 million for FY 2002), the big three states (California, N.Y. and Texas) combined will get about 1/4 of the total, around $200 million.  Twenty states get the minimum and 14 more will receive less than 2%.  At the request of the states, upcoming regulation compliance costs were not included in the formula for the allocations.  EPA received some input that in those states which do not allow private utilities to obtain SRF funding, the needs of investor-owned utilities should not be included in the formula.

Canadian WQ Issues

Microbiological
  • Precautionary boil water advisory issued after treatment plant struck by lightning (Kansas City Star, May 21)
    Commentary: Drinking water system and health officials often struggle with the issue of whether or not a "precautionary" advisory should be issued when there is a water outage but there is no specific evidence of any contamination in the system.  Some of the "costs" and problems associated with boil water advisories are identified in this Kansas story.
Bottled Water
TCE
Perchlorate
Chloramines

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