May 15, 2002 -- Volume 3, No. 20 NEWS -- the premier newsletter for the drinking water quality industry.

This week's NEWS

MTBE is persona non grata in Kentucky but mint juleps are still in. Arkansas considers the "Past President Memorial OpCert Reg"..... NO Code of Ethics! Protecting source waters down under: Guidelines for flushing the loo! The LUST-Trust is broken into for poor Pascoag to address MTBE problem. EPA will require spending $4.7 million per year on something....but not quite sure what this ICR is? Private drinking water wells keep getting hit; there are lots of targets............and money for more! Drinking water utilities look for more help for drinking water protection under the Clean Water Act. And..........a little boiling goes a long way!

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Groundwater Contamination

Boil Water Advisory

  • Small Washington community told to boil water after E. coli detection (Seattle Times, May 13)
    Commentary: There might be some unusual circumstances that are not explained in this article, but the recommendation that the public "boil the water at a rolling boil for 3-5 minutes" contradicts the generally accepted advice given by CDC and many state health agencies that boiling water at a rolling boil for ONE minute will inactivate all pathogens. This advice (based on actual testing) is important to keep consumers from boiling the water excessively and concentrating other contaminants such that the boiled microbiologically-safe water could, for example, exceed the acute drinking water standard for nitrates if the raw water nitrate levels were not significantly below the MCL.

Source Water Protection Issues




Surface Water Issues


State Updates

Federal Activities

Legal Issues

MTBE and Ethanol



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