January 15, 2003 -- Volume 4, No. 3
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This week's NEWS
AWWA and EPA provide interesting reviews of 2002 and ASDWA gets a new leader.......from EPA!  Perchlorate still rattling cages, as the main supplier of that stuff to Lake Mead points a finger.  Security issues come home to roost in smaller water utilities as well as those not in the USA.  Water utilities are going to have to notify customers "in advance" of finding out about contamination if the trend continues. Crypto outbreaks in Scotland lead to new guidance. If source control is part of the answer, look Down Under for dung beetle doings.  Simple applied research on cholera could be a boon for countries where the sari is worn.  There's a little bit of everything this week: arsenic, MTBE, aluminum, radium, POU, legal stuff and............a big ozone WTP gets up and going soon.

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National Update
  • USEPA has 2002 water factoids available.......how many? (PDF file, 13 pages)
    Commentary: National water statistics must always be taken with a grain of salt because of the lack of uniformity in how different states address and consider violations (i.e., the "funding" and vigor of the state programs, the totality of reporting, etc.), but a review of the data is interesting. Explanations for 31% of Nebraska's Community Water Systems (all sizes) having "health-based" violations and for violation rates in the double-digits for a handful of additional states can likely be found by careful reading of those states' annual reports for 2002, which are not yet available. (Hopefully, EPA's choice of the term "factoid" is inappropriate since the OED says a factoid is a "simulated or imagined fact.")

  • The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators' new Executive Director brings a strong EPA background (Best wishes, Vanessa!)
State Updates
Microbiological Issues
Water Security
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