August 28, 2002 -- Volume 3, No. 35 NEWS -- the premier newsletter for the drinking water quality industry.

This week's NEWS

Water quality seen as key to worldwide privatization activities. Salmon have a smile on their face in Puget Sound. NDWAC needs a few good also invited to apply. EPA says UMayCRecent data. Just ask. Control of chromium could be very costly.....if required. All of the MCLs, TTs and Health Advisories in one place and up to date. As President Lincoln almost once said, "you can please all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time....but, you can never please those who want you to have less than the detection limit of anything anytime!" What causes more concern? Lead or radioactive lead-210? NEWater in the news again....ha ha ha!

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Federal Updates

Water Privatization

  • Multinational corporation efforts not well received in some countries
    (New York Times, August 26, free site registration required)

    Commentary: Companies privatizing water utilities around the world have to pay particular attention to providing high quality drinking water to their customers.  Since most customers of these privatization efforts end up paying more for their water service, they seize on water quality problems as evidence that they are being ripped off.  If these multinational water companies do not pay attention to water quality, they run the risk of losing everything--water quantity, money, contracts and credibility.




State Updates


MEC DBP Control Services

Quality services that ensure safe drinking water -- McGuire Environmental Consultants, Inc. McGuire Environmental Consultants, Inc. (MEC) is a leader in assisting utilities with disinfection by-product (DBP) control efforts, including evaluating alternative strategies for DBP compliance, predicting DBP occurrence in distribution systems, and assessing trade-offs in DBP control with other water quality objectives. MEC has also provided technical leadership in the development of the Stage 1 and 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection ByProducts Rules (D/DBPR), and has a profound knowledge of the regulatory and treatment arena.

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Source Water Protection

Groundwater Contamination

Water Security

Water Treatment

Recycled Water

Bottled Water



Taste and Odor


Childhood Cancer Cases


  • China faces huge water issues (New York Times, August 27)
    Commentary: There are major water quality concerns related to the giant water-moving projects but they seem to be overwhelmed by the vast quantities involved....of both water and unbelievable social impacts. The areas of China's water needs and supplies are far apart..........sounds a lot like California.
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