| August 15, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 33
This week's NEWS
Making water "drinkable" is not a Clean Water Act mandate but EPA strategizes links to the SDWA. Is that home treatment device just a sham? Be careful how you answer those epidemiology questions! Glendale finally gets some credit for its proactive chromium approach. MTBE is.......everywhere! In the news, in the water, but maybe in the gasoline for just awhile longer. Tahoe agency hits pay dirt....and has a good place to pile it! Fingers are pointed in Canada over water quality problems. The arsenic beat goes on!
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seeks public comments on its discussion draft
"Strategy for Waterborne Microbial
(pdf file, 18 pages)
While it was not feasible to add
"drinkable" to the "swimmable and
fishable" mandates of the Clean Water Act, some
drinking water representatives have long advocated a
closer linkage between the federal SDWA and CWA
programs. This draft strategy includes
"steps" in that direction.
on investigation of occurrence of gastrointestinal
illness in Melbourne, Australia concludes no
Perspectives, August 2001)
This study, along with a recent CDC-sponsored pilot
study in Northern California (see sdw.com NEWS, Vol 2, No
29, July 18, 2001), assesses the use of actual and
sham home treatment devices and extensive consumer
surveys about credible gastrointestinal disease
incidents to determine if the public drinking water
quality is a factor.
Disease affects three people using a Las Vegas
Daily News, August 13)
Lake Tahoe PUD will get $12 million from Exxon for
(Sacramento Bee, August 10) and
tells its customers to conserve water due,
in part, to MTBE well closures
(Tahoe Daily Tribune, August 10)
sues USEPA for its denial of oxygenate waiver
(LA Times, August 13), while,
on another front, the oil
industry says MTBE and ethanol are not needed for
clean air AND low gas prices (Yahoo
Daily News, August 13), and
there may be unforeseen complications in
a switch to ethanol (LA Times, August
tank farm seen as threat to Rialto area drinking
water wells (Riverside
Press-Enterprise, August 14)
This site includes detailed reports on the fuel tank
site, including a "troubled waters"
animated map. It also features a number of other
links on MTBE-related issues.
detected in New Jersey well
(Bergen Record, August 10)
part of the follow-up on MTBE-ethanol evaluations, a June 2001
California meeting to assess health
impacts of gasoline emissions/air quality is summarized (pdf
file, 51 pages)
Canadian Water Issues
continue over responsibility for Canada's water
(Ottawa Citizen, August 12) and
attempts to place the blame highlight Newfoundland's
Citizen, August 13)
The debate continues in Canada about possible
increased Federal government involvement against a
backdrop of over 200 communities in Newfoundland on
boil-water advisories, some dating back to the
1980s, and the release of a "secret"
government report described as "riddled with
errors." Meanwhile, over 100,000 St. John's
citizens boil their water.
series begins on Canada's water issues (Ottawa
Citizen, August 12)
While this series is not specific to water quality,
the continuing publicity about water-quality
problems provides a setting for the report, which
begins with a discussion of costs of water in
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