January 22, 2003 -- Volume 4, No. 4
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This week's NEWS
Bromate may trigger warnings on bottled waters in California? What is the deal with this tungsten stuff? Nevada utilities find out if they've got any. A new perchlorate plume in California groundwater? So, what's new? Lots of FREE stuff... well tests, bottled water.......training, small system assessment toolkit. "Show me the money" is the key to fluoridation decisions in at least three states. Ozone tested on blue-green algae odor problem in Wichita. New lesson in cost-benefit logic from Omaha: Only treat the water for that one-in-a-million guy who might get sick! Is Garrison Keillor now writing the Minnesota newsletter?

NEWS Flash: AWWA elects first woman president

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Federal Update
State Updates
Bromate in Bottled Water
  • Water bottlers may face California Catch 22 with bromate (Water Quality Association News, January 16) Commentary: Producers of bottled water sold in California, especially those that use ozone in the bottling process, may soon be confronted with a "Catch 22" in the uniquely Californian Proposition 65. Because OEHHA has added bromate to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals considered to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, but has not yet established the "no significant risk" level for bromate, bottlers with ANY level of bromate may have to provide "clear and reasonable" warnings on their bottle labels. Water utilities that routinely and constantly must respond to "action levels", public health goals, MCL goals and regular comprehensive consumer confidence reporting, may be saying: "Welcome to the club!" (Ironically, passage of Proposition 65 was spurred, in part, by the constant denigration of public drinking water quality by some in the "alternative drinking water source" community.)

Water Treatment
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