July 18, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 29
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This week's NEWS

Perchlorate exposé by environmental group rakes various government agencies for what they've done and what they haven't done fast enough, and 7 million more consumers are asked to mistrust their water quality.  An important study of "blind testing" may help future assessments of low-level G.I. disease occurrence from tap water.  Lots of stuff available from the Feds and a report on PCE urges alternatives to its use in dry cleaning.  Alabama water quality compliance in 2000 is praised, California utilities get the "numerical risk" info they needed.....two weeks ago, and Greenville is moved back to South Carolina.

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Waterborne Infectious Disease Study

Alabama SDWA Compliance


Boil-Water Advisories

  • Hawaii water-main break prompts boil-water advisory (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, July 15)
  • Indiana boil-water advisory lifted for 30,000 residents (Evansville Courier and Press, July 14)
    Commentary: These incidents which resulted in BWAs (boil water advisories) again indicate that (a) a BWA can result in extensive problems and concerns that are difficult to anticipate and deal with, and (b) water-main breaks, which may bring outages or low-pressures, are viewed by utilities and health authorities as having high potential for contamination problems.

Federal Activity




Public Health Goals
  • OEHHA provides California utilities with required numerical health risk information
    Commentary: The so-called "Public Health Goal exceedance reports" required every three years by all California water systems serving 10,000 or more service connections were to be completed by July 1, 2001.  Certain information is to be put into the reports for any constituent detected in the water served at a level above the PHG (or EPA's MCLG, if no PHG has been published).  One item required is the "numerical health risk," which is determined by OEHHA. This information for many constituents was just published for the first time on July 16, too late for inclusion in this year's reports.


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