July 11, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 28
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This week's NEWS

Members of California's hexavalent chromium blue ribbon health panel are named and meet soon. Three expert arsenic advisory groups head for the homestretch. Testing for E. coliform gets attention as does low-cost NDMA analysis. Major water contamination in Israel causes jitters and a "don't drink it" alert. The move to equalize regulations for piped and bottled water hits a bump in the road. Treatment of perchlorate and other Defense Department offspring answers technical - but raises political - questions.

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  • Food and Drug Administration decides bottled water does not need a Cryptosporidium standard (Federal Register, July 5)
    Commentary: Under the SDWA, the FDA must evaluate every new USEPA drinking water regulation and adopt the rule for bottled water unless it determines the rule is not necessary. In the case of the IESWTR, FDA made the judgment that the rule is not needed because 75% of bottled water comes from ground water and the rest from public water systems subject to the IESWTR.  FDA appears to assume that all ground waters used by water bottlers have been demonstrated NOT to be under the influence of surface water. This decision is of concern to some because most public health recommendations for immunocompromised persons concerned about Cryptosporidium include the use of approved bottled waters as an alternative to public drinking water.
  • The Economic Analysis for the Filter Backwash Recycling Rule is available (pdf file, 162 pages)



Ammonia Contamination

  • Apparent ammonia contamination results in "do not drink the water" advisory in Tel Aviv region (Jerusalem Post, July 11)
    Commentary: Israeli water and health authorities issued a general alert due to "cloudiness" of the water in a major supply pipeline. There was some confusion in the media about whether the water could be consumed after being boiled.  An "all clear" notice was issued within about one day. The available information indicates the cloudiness was from ammonia associated with fertilizer but how the contamination occurred was not revealed.  

Australia Infrastructure 




Ground Water Quality Issues

  • California MTBE lawsuit dismissed (Marysville Appeal-Democrat, July 7)
    Commentary: In one of those "it just ain't fair" situations, a citizen's lawsuit over alleged damages related to a fuel leak at a gas station was somehow expanded to include the water utility as a defendant. The case was thrown out on mostly technical and procedural grounds.

Water Reuse

De-Privatization in Nevada

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