January 8, 2003 -- Volume 4, No. 2
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Debate continues on using human testing to determine safe levels of contaminants.   VA help is available for medium-size systems & small systems get help on using technology for SWAs.   Who will pay utility's security costs? FBI helps Florida city eliminate tampering as source of bacti problem but not all the other possibilities.   EPA's UCMR page provides interesting update.....author nominated for three humor awards.  Perchlorate keeps percolating!  Biggest-ever US desal plant gets started soon........all eyes will be turned to Tampa.  Crypto has Georgia town in a Daze....................NOT!!  Giardia in caribou dung.....YES!

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Water Security
Microbiological Issues
  • Cause of bad bacti samples still not known; tampering is dismissed after FBI investigation
    (Boca Raton News, January 7) ....another take on this story (Palm Beach Post, January 7)
    Commentary: This incident, which precipitated a Boil Water Advisory affecting large numbers of consumers, illustrates the difficulty a utility faces in trying to track down the cause of transient positive coliform (and fecal coliform) samples. Innocently mischaracterized by a reporter as "destroying the evidence", the initiation of corrective actions such as flushing and increased disinfectant levels does make tracing the problem more difficult. Potential methods of rapidly notifying consumers are discussed (i.e., rapid dial-up systems).

Water Treatment

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The Unusual and the Bizarre!
  • Georgia community's "Crypto Daze" celebration is cancelled due to lack of interest
    (The Onion, January 1)
    Commentary: There really is a town of Blakely, GA but it is not known if they, in fact, experienced a cryptosporidiosis outbreak in the late '80s as did Carrolton, GA. Ironically, the federal SWTR did NOT address the issue of cryptosporidium! (Note: Blakely's popular Kolomoki Festival WILL be held along the Chattahoochee River in October.)

  • "Caribou with the trots" OR " 5,000-year old beaver fever"
    (Los Angeles Times, January 3 - free site registration required)
    Commentary: Global warming with associated glacier melting has revealed much about ancient plant and animal life in North America.  While not related to drinking water, this interesting article documents the finding of a Giardia lamblia cyst in 5,000-year old caribou dung in the Yukon.  Apparently, this shows that giardiasis existed long before European explorers visited this continent.  "So, Christopher C., the Surface Water Treatment Rule was not your fault either!"

  • Cow manure used for pH adjustment! (CNN, January 3)
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