December 12, 2001 -- Volume 2, No. 49 NEWS -- the premier newsletter for the drinking water quality industry.

This week's NEWS

NDMA action level is revisited in California.  CCRs are "public education" but "Public Notification" kicks in for violations.  Just try telling that to a certain attorney in Louisiana.  Slow sand filtration is not just for small systems.  Water taste-testing results in smiles in Maine, but legal frowns in Tulsa. Scam artists find out it doesn't pay to badmouth public drinking water in Southern California!  PG&E not out of the chromium woods yet.

Great New Opportunities on Job Reservoir!

Otay Water District seeks the following:
•  Water Conservation Manager (Spring Valley, CA)

Ventura Regional Sanitation District seeks the following:
•  Water & Wastewater Operations Supervisor (Ventura County, CA)

Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant seeks the following:
•  Industrial Pretreatment Specialist (Englewood, CO)

Padre Dam MWD seeks the following:
•  Civil Engineer - Construction Project Manager (Santee, CA)

Orange County Water District seeks the following:
•  Environmental Specialist (ES1) (Fountain Valley, CA)
•  Environmental Specialist Supervisor (ES2) (Fountain Valley, CA)

Santa Clara Valley Water District seeks the following:
•  Senior Plant Maintenance Mechanic (San Jose, CA)
•  Associate Civil Engineer/Associate Engineer (Civil) (San Jose, CA)

Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. seeks the following:
•  Senior Design Engineer/Manager (New York, NY)
•  Design Engineer-Water Related Projects (New York, NY)

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Federal Regulatory Activity

State Regulatory Activity

NDMA (N-nitrosodimethylamine)

  • California DHS revisits the Action Level for NDMA and provides an updated timeline of activities.  Advice is provided to utilities on notifying the public and on laboratory analysis for NDMA
    Commentary: It has been determined that NDMA can get into raw or treated drinking water from a variety of sources including NDMA waste from Superfund sites or other point sources, water treatment processes (oxidation or resins), or groundwater recharge with reclaimed waste water for indirect potable reuse.  DHS has decided on different approaches to dealing with these findings depending on the origin of the NDMA. This is an interim approach pending further studies.

Water System Security


Taste and Odor

Water Treatment

Legal Matters

Groundwater Quality Problems





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