December 21, 2005 – Volume 6, No. 51
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With our final issue of Safedrinkingwater.com NEWS for 2005, we wish all of our readers joy and happiness and progress in the perennial pursuit of that most elusive goal: Peace on Earth! See you all around the corner... in 2006!

 
This week's NEWS

New EPA rules are published with guidance and cities react. Small water systems get lots of help on arsenic compliance. Perchlorate study shows little correlation between drinking water and thyroid problems. "Oh, if ever I would leave you, it wouldn't be in autumn" ...or so says the Crypto in the UK. Politicians dictate timing of water system operational treatment change. Report is critical of EPA's pace in setting MCLs.


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Federal Updates

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State Updates

  • The latest In the Main newsletter from Massachusetts puts a focus on repackaging of water treatment chemicals
  • Washington's December Water Tap newsletter (PDF file, 727 K)
    Commentary:  Washington's drinking water primacy agency provides big insights into the little things. Whether it's a unique 15-mm isopod that confirms the "GWUDI" determination or the cover for a reservoir vent, there's always something new on Tap.

Water Reports

  • EWG report focuses on non-regulated chemicals in nation's drinking water supplies (Associated Press, December 20) and establishes a point-in-time national database
    Commentary: While all of the data is available to the public elsewhere (i.e. state primacy agencies), EWG's compilation may be a temporary service to the public. However, its currency will quickly fade since there is no way it can be kept up-to-date. The point of the report (and the media blitz) is obviously to put pressure on the EPA to speed up the adoption of regulations for more chemicals. But the statistics blur the line between "unregulated" and "non-regulated" chemicals... and do not recognize that there are many "no need to be regulated" constituents.  EPA sees the glass almost 100% full (PWS in compliance) but EWG sees it over 50% empty (140 non-regulated chemicals).

Asbestos

Water Treatment

Lead

Microbiological

  • The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate updates its water systems on cryptosporidiosis
    Commentary: The new UK information letter, which comes in the wake of recent "autumn" outbreaks in England and Wales, indicates that  "...the nature of the risk to water supplies in the autumn may be different to that arising during springtime. Health surveillance and specific studies have provided evidence that water company risk assessment and control measures have had a beneficial effect in reducing cases of cryptosporidiosis caused by C. parvum (mainly of animal origin). However, many cases that occur in the autumn are caused by C. hominis (human origin)."

Arsenic

C8 or PFOA

 

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Fluoride

Nitrate

  • North Carolina town suffers a "tragicomedy of errors" (Fayetteville Observer, December 20)
    Commentary: What is wrong with this picture? Lab (apparently) makes error to get >MCL nitrate in well with history of lower levels; lab doesn't notify utility; lab notifies state (only a month later than the required one day); state "sends a letter" to the town! Sends a letter??  Operator immediately resamples, shuts off the well, flushes and tells the townspeople what happened.

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