December 13, 2006 – Volume 7, No. 49
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This week's NEWS

What do you do if you get an anonymous letter from IPMC in a "plain vanilla" envelope? Send one back to EPA's "splinter cell" and your congressman, of course! Huge legal $$ettlement of Santa Monica's MTBE problem is close at hand. Lead compliance is a sometime thing... but lead pipes still need to be removed. Which fine is higher: US$19,600 (for 3600 persons) or 35,000 UK pounds (for 670,000 persons served)? It isn't that easy NOT to flush drugs down the toilet! Water rap: Good, better, best! Never let it rest. Until your good (water) is better, and your better is best!

 


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Chloramines and Lead
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Pharmaceuticals in Water
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Arsenic
Chromium

Private Wells
Fluoride: Naturally
   Occurring
Fluoridation
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Federal Updates

State Updates

MTBE: Legal Matters

Security

Disinfection Byproducts

Legal Issues

Aesthetics

Lead

Chloramines and Lead Revisited

  • Research shows association between chloramines and blood lead levels but not cause-and-effect relationship (Environmental Science and Technology, December 6); the full report is available (Environmental Health Perspectives, November 7; PDF file, 868 K)
    Commentary: It is instructional to read the full report rather than just the abstract that was linked earlier. A person looking only at the graphs of raw data on pages 31 and 32, showing the blood lead levels in children before and after chloramines were introduced in a North Carolina system compared to those living in areas that did not get chloraminated water, might be tempted to ask, "where's the beef?" Only after conducting extensive statistical analyses do the authors reach their observations. Their recommendations are sound and further research should be enlightening.

Pharmaceuticals in Water

Perchlorate

 

NEWS CONTINUES BELOW

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TCE and PCE

Radium

Arsenic

Chromium

Private Wells

Fluoride: Naturally Occurring

  • Virginia fluoride-rich groundwater is too much of a good thing (WAVY, December 8)
    Commentary: Some smaller Virginia systems have 4 to 6 ppm of naturally occurring fluoride in their wells, a level that is about 400-600 percent of the optimum levels for preventing tooth decay. Expensive solutions include drilling new wells or water treatment plants.

Fluoridation

Desalination

Water Store

  • How would you like your water? Green with foam on top? New water bar opens in Maryland (Washington Post, December 6)
    Commentary: Another attempt to capitalize on celebrity to create something that is marketable even if it isn't focused on the commodities. If their definition of "good" water is any indication, other sources of water need not worry about the competition. (Good: 85-percent pure. Water treated with a carbon filter, essentially what you get when you use a Brita® filter. Sells for 79 cents a gallon.)

International


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