May 31, 2006 – Volume 7, No. 22
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This week's NEWS

ACE is the place of the Happy Hardware (or is that soft water?) Man: AWWA goes to San Antonio!  Beware of the "let us test your water" offer hanging on your doorknob! Exposure assessment is an important element of good epidemiology. Community-wide UV disinfection of drinking water provides opportunity for assessing occurrence of GI illnesses in groundwater systems. But, is there a placebo effect if some know what treatment is or isn't being provided? Los Angeles will remove two more open distribution reservoirs to address Stage 2 and LT2 rules. Is dilution the solution to tritium pollution? If you can get your arsenic into the soil, maybe phytoremediation by your friendly, frondly ferns will help? To boat and fish is human, to water ski is unforgivable... when it comes to certain California drinking water source reservoirs.

A personal note from the Publisher:

With heavy heart, the death of Carol Tate of MWH is reported. A quality person, a good friend, an outstanding engineer, and a trailblazer for women in engineering and water quality, Carol will be remembered at a memorial service June 3 at 2:30 pm at the Creekside Community Church, 1350 Danville Boulevard in Alamo, CA.


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Federal Updates

  • EPA's Inspector General reports on serious challenges facing small water systems (PDF, 1.58 MB)
    Commentary: At EPA's request, the OIG dropped its recommendation that EPA consider changing from a "one size fits all" to a "regionalized" regulatory approach. "EPA stated that while potential occurrence and related exposure to a contaminant may vary by region, the health effects do not.  EPA develops regulations to protect the public from potential health risks... regardless of where they are or the size of the system.  In doing so, regulations are established that are risk-based, as opposed to a "one size fits all" approach." (p. 13 of report)

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  • USGS reports on arsenic-groundwater modeling effort in New England (USGS media release, May 25); the report (Environmental Science and Technology, May; PDF file, 405 K)
    Commentary: The model developed by USGS is being used for exposure assessment in an epidemiologic study of bladder cancer, which occurs at an above-average rate in some northeastern states. When combined with the estimate that private bedrock wells supply about 40% of the population in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and with the significant number of wells that have arsenic above the EPA MCL of 10 ppb, this led to the study hypothesis that increased bladder cancer risk may be related to "elevated" arsenic in drinking water.  Models are excellent tools for such analyses.  However, interpreting results is a challenge without direct correlation of cancer incidents with the consumption of drinking water with high arsenic.
  • Update on study of using ferns to remove arsenic from contaminated soil (Technology News & Trends, May)

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  • Negotiated agreement provides "progress" in groundwater cleanup of tritium at Illinois nuclear power plant (Chicago Tribune, May 24)
    Commentary: Let's see, do we have this right?"To lower tritium concentrations in groundwater near the plant, Exelon will pump water from a contaminated pond to the Kankakee River. Once the water is pumped out, it is expected contaminated groundwater will flow into the pond from surrounding land. That water, in turn, will be pumped to the river through the underground pipe from which tritium spilled 22 times between 1996 and early this year..."  Sounds good to me!

 

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  • POU device sales company uses questionable "test kit" practices in Louisiana city (Shreveport Times, May 25)
    Commentary: The sidebar in the article appropriately refers readers to the City of Shreveport's CCR and other water quality information, including the Better Business Bureau's fact sheet on water quality, which includes the following: 

    "...and to avoid falling for water filter fraud, a red flag should go up anytime a salesperson or telemarketer suggests any of the following:

    An offer for an in-home test to check the safety of your water—In-home water tests can often be used by con artists to create a false impression that you must purchase a water filter to protect your and your family’s health."


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