February 16, 2005 – Volume 6, No. 7
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To vote or not to vote! That is the fluoridation question that cuts both ways. AWWA study doesn't find perchlorate everywhere... even though it's in the air. Boil water advisories continue, and continue to have fallout. DBP violations (along with Love) means never having to say you're sorry! How to tell the public that a standard was violated, but there is no risk, but there is a concern? For New England, two out of three ain't bad! You can treat for arsenic but not a broken heart. (Ask Philly.) Historical environmental impacts of power-plant ocean intakes plague proposals to co-locate desalting plants. Will water utilities get protection from legislation limiting class-action lawsuits? Or... lose a tool in the MTBE war?


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  • Maui residents get DBP notice (Maui News, February 11); Maui DWS explains switch back to chloramines after switch to free chlorine results in HAA MCL violation
  • Florida utilities fail DBP regs as monitoring kicks in (Daytona Beach News Journal, February 11)
  • Small Oklahoma city reacts to failure to meet "new" TTHM standard (Pauls Valley Daily Democrat, February 13)
    Commentary: Since the DBP rule kicked in for smaller water systems, the number of systems in violation of either the THM or HAA MCL continues to grow.  Faced with the requirement for public notification of the violation, the "risk communication" techniques used by this Oklahoma city (which are similar to those used by numerous other small systems) highlight the difficulty that local officials have in explaining the "new" violation.  The communications tend to go something like this:  A) The water quality has not changed or deteriorated; it's only that the law changed because EPA says there is some vague problem.  B) Despite the DWS violation, there is no risk to the public; there is a concern, but not a risk.  C) If there is a risk, it would only occur if the water were to be consumed over a lifetime, therefore, don't worry!  (This statement sometimes follows right after one such as: "the water quality has been the same for many years.")  It is noted that explanations about exceeding the new arsenic MCL frequently have the same elements.

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