January 7, 2004 -- Volume 5, No. 1
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How to get 100% notification with a BWA?... a paradox within a conundrum. A perfect example of the CWA-SDWA nexus in New Jersey. Illinois city maximizes employee output: Radium, snow... whatever! Florida RO system addresses multiple water quality and management issues, while NF is touted for seawater. Small system problems are illustrated by compliance actions in Arizona and TMF issues elsewhere. Hi ho! Hi ho! It's off to the mine we go... maybe this will explain the abbreviated stature of Snow White's buddies!

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  • Some Canadians start 4th year under boil water advisory (London Free Press, January 5)
  • Illinois residents upset at not getting the word on New Year's boil water advisory
    (Chicago Daily Herald, January 3)
    Commentary: Outages and low water pressures prompted the precautionary BWA in this suburban area. Complaints from some residents who "didn't get the word" again raise the question of how good is good enough when it comes to public notification. The use of "reverse 911" phone lists and automated telephoning systems are tools that are not in many water systems' tool chests. Should they be? Should the same door-to-door coverage of every neighborhood, such as used in imminent danger-disaster scenarios, be used for "precautionary" boil water advisories? Most would say... no way!

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Disinfection Byproducts Fluoride Lead
  • Weymouth, MA provides public education info on lead (Weymouth News, December 30)
    Commentary: Weymouth is operating under a consent order from the state DEP since lead levels in 2001 and earlier exceeded the Action Level. The City has removed 205 of the 260 lead services identified, and installed alkalinity-adjustment process equipment in 2002.

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Recycled Water
  • San Diego may revisit potable reuse of reclaimed water (San Diego Tribune, January 4)
    Commentary: The proposed potable reuse project was shelved in the '90s after negative public reactions were registered. Strong environmental group support for the concept will be counterbalanced to some degree by the relatively new and increasing concerns about the unknowns related to pharmaceutically active compounds, potential endocrine disruptors and other human chemical byproducts.

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