June 2, 2004 -- Vol. 5, No. 22
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This week's NEWS

Sign in china shop: "Break it, you buy it!" Sign at water utility: "Break it, you boil it!" AWWA's ACE has something for everyone... but no Gatorland! Another bit of TTHM - fetal development research which shows... ???? We get our switches in order as DC begins test-area treatment for lead control... but what chemical will be used? Seven-year itch gets scratched: EPA levies largest ever SDWA fine on smallish California water company. Water security training is front and center. What responsibilities do public water systems have re: disclosure in real-estate deals? Just as where there's smoke, there's fire... where there's TCE, there're attorneys. Debate in NYC: How big must the shell be to make it a shellfish... and not kosher?


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Lead
  • "Our Slip is Showing": In last week's NEWS, our headline link on a Washington Post story about the Lead situation in DC mistakenly stated that the recent lower lead sample results occurred after a switch FROM Chlorine TO Chloramines... which, of course, was wrong. The recent switch was a temporary, one-month long switch from chloramines to free chlorine (a practice utilities often use to avoid various problems such as nitrification, growth in the distribution system, etc). As the article pointed out, the Washington utility had started using chloramines in 2002 to lower disinfection byproduct levels.
  • Concerns about zinc in Virginia city's wastewater results in switch to phosphoric acid by DC water agencies for corrosion-control (Washington Post, May 27 - free registration required) "Test-area" treatment begins in DC (Washington Post, May 31 - free registration required)
    Commentary: The decision to change to using phosphoric acid instead of zinc orthophosphate at the Corps of Engineers-operated water treatment plants is interesting. In assuring the politicians that the change was NOT based on cost (the acid is 30% cheaper), top agents of EPA, C. of E. and WASA are said to have favored the acid over the zinc compound originally, but their "technical advisors" had overruled them because the industry experience was with the zinc form. What experience has there been with phosphoric acid? Presumably the "test-area" treatment will use the acid they intend to use system-wide?

  • Massachusetts school gets OK lead results from coolers... after many months... and after 5 minute flush? (Taunton Gazette, May 30)

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