February 13, 2002 -- Volume 3, No. 7
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This week's NEWS

Salt Lake City snow turns gold in a "half-pipe."  Lawsuits against water utilities on TTHM health-effects issues.  Cross connections create real and theoretical contamination scenarios.  It's midnight -- Do you know where your ammonium perfluorooctanoate is?!  Legislatively-mandated MTBE notice requirements not good enough in Ventura.  AWWA affirms support for drinking water fluoridation. New security tools provided by AwwaRF.

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We are pleased to announce that our readership has soared past 3,000 water professionals! Our 3,000th subscriber was Jeff LaBelle, who is a Circuit Rider with the Wisconsin Rural Water Association. The following is a brief description of his job:

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Lawsuits: DBPs

Cross-Connection Issues

Water Contamination

State Regulatory Activities

Federal Regulatory Activities


Water Security Issues


  • MTBE from 22,000 gallon gasoline leak triggers notification controversy (Ventura County Star, February 6)  Follow-up actions result in the clean-up plan moving ahead, with state assistance requested (Ventura County Star, February 9)
    Commentary: A spate of California legislation 4-5 years ago resulted in specific requirements for pollution-control and leaking underground tank correction agencies to notify drinking water suppliers quarterly of MTBE detections in groundwater. These (and other) notices were reportedly completed in this situation, but an EIR covering a huge housing development and concomitant groundwater pumping alerted the local water agency. The calls for more rapid and/or direct notification may get attention of legislators, now in session, who haven't had an MTBE bill moving recently.

Lead and Copper

Source Water Issues



Ground Water Issues


Q&A on Water Quality

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