December 20, 2006 – Volume 7, No. 50
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This week's NEWS

Bryan, TX, utility workers become movie stars! Bottled water, both the bottles and the water, faces high-placed opposition. Who will be calling the water-related shots in D.C. when Congress gets back from its holiday vacation? How to make water systems secure? Huge desalting plant in Florida faces another delay.

Happy Holidays to all! We are off next week but will be back with you on January 3, 2007!  

 


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Federal Updates

  • A look at who's in control of what in the new Congress (AWWA)
    Commentary: Although it did not draw huge headlines in the popular press, observers of the drinking water regulatory and legislative scene over the past 20 or so years took special note of the appointment of Erik Olson, former NRDC Director of Advocacy, to a key staff position with the U.S. Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee. Olson co-authored many of the hard-hitting reports issued by NRDC at critical times during consideration of a regulation ("Arsenic and Old Laws") or on other issues ("Bottled Water: Pure Drink or Pure Hype?").

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  • Texas water scam alert issued (Bryan-College Station Eagle, December 15)  
    Commentary:  It is clear that Bryan, TX, takes its drinking water seriously. But they don't take themselves too seriously... at least, judging from their 2005 water quality report, which features a movie-inspired 12-month calendar. Bryan water/wastewater employees are the stars of the monthly posters, including "Flushdance," "A Leak of Their Own," "O Water, Where Art Thou," and "Forrest Pump," which stars Hizzoner the Mayor himself. This is one CCR that probably gets read. (By the way, the city's nine wells are 2800 feet deep and pump water out at 118 degrees F.)
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