September 5, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 36
safedrinkingwater.com NEWS -- the premier newsletter for the drinking water quality industry.

This week's NEWS

What?  Just say H2No?  Coke has apparently given up on whipping Pepsi......now tap water is its chief rival?  Variety of different contaminants in the news from Hepatitis A to the non-sticking C-8......and, of course, the old standbys like MTBE, Uranium and THMs.  Who is best suited to advise health care providers with water quality information?  Well, somebody has to do it!


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•  Associate Land and Water Use Analyst (Sacramento, CA)

•  Associate Engineer (Civil or Mechanical) (San Jose, CA)

•  System Operator / Water Treatment Plant Operator I (San Jose, CA)

•  Construction Supervisor (San Jose, CA)

•  Operations Technician-SCADA (Riverside, CA)

•  Practice Leader, Water & Waste Water (Dallas/Houston, TX)

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Federal Regulatory Activity

Water Quality Education: Health Care Providers

  • An on-line course on water-health issues for health care providers is available
    Commentary: The need for general health care providers to have a better understanding of issues related to drinking water quality has long been recognized by drinking water and public health professionals.  Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) in conjunction with CDC and ATSDR have developed a good basic course -- "Drinking Water and Disease, What health care providers should know. " PSR also has three drinking water fact sheets on Cryptosporidium, Arsenic and Cancer.

State Regulatory Activity

Alternatives To Tap Water
  • Coca-Cola campaign against tap water explained (New York Times, September 2 - registration required)
    Commentary: In an apparent demonstration of the power of the internet, an individual's website opened the curtain and shed light on this interesting corporate marketing strategy.  The primary problem with tap water that Coke identified, at least from the perspective of a restaurant patron, is that "it's free!"  The method by which Coke's bottled water product was named is also interesting.
Water Contamination
MTBE
Trihalomethanes

Source Water Protection

Chloramine-Free Chlorine Switchover

Chlorine Dioxide

Desalination

Microbiological

Uranium
Leukemia Cluster

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