| October 3, 2007 – Volume 8, No. 40
This week's NEWS
Total coliform rule is on the front burner and a BWA in Florida may provide more information to evaluate. USEPA publishes revisions to Lead and Copper Rule. Water quality researcher receives "genius" award. When is it okay to poison a lake that is a drinking water source? And... Virginia gets all "funky" about reclaimed water.
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- USEPA's final revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule; the final pre-Federal Register-publication rule (PDF file, 318 K); Fact Sheet and Economic Analysis (PDF file, 555 K)
Commentary: The revised rule includes important changes in sample site selection, reporting results to consumers, getting state approval of treatment changes, lead-line replacement, and, particularly, public education.
- North Carolina utility sees significantly lower lead results after change in water treatment chemical (Lexington Dispatch, October 1)
- Brown University science students find high lead values in older campus buildings in Rhode Island (Brown Daily Herald, October 1)
- Corpus Christi, TX, council will get consultant's report on cause of recent BWA-related problem; monitoring changes will be recommended (Corpus Christi Caller-Times, September 29)
- Research shows normal drinking water levels of free chlorine will inactivate pathogenic avian flu virus (Emerging Infectious Diseases, PDF file, 39 K)
- West Palm Beach issues BWA after thirteen samples positive for fecal organisms; chlorination and flushing underway (South Florida Sun Sentinel, September 30); search for the cause: construction sites, sewage spills, etc. (Palm Beach Post, October 1); Boil-water order disrupts life (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 2)
Source Water Protection
- Pennsylvania lawmakers consider fluoridation mandate; utility takes neutral stance but will continue to fluoridate in recently acquired system (York Dispatch, September 27)
- Juneau, AK, voters will decide on drinking water fluoridation (Juneau Empire, September 27); pro-fluoride campaign expenditures outweigh opponents (Juneau Empire, September 30)
- Effort to amend Corning, NY, city charter to prohibit fluoridation moves forward; city council voted to start fluoridating in May 2007 (Corning Star-Gazette, September 28)
- Ohio city council votes on adding fluoride to drinking water as mandated by state law for 5000+ person systems (Dayton Daily News, October 1)
- Not everyone is happy about drinking water fluoridation coming to Southern California (Malibu Times, September 26)
PCE and TCE
- Virginia proposes state regulatory scheme to promote recycling (Hampton Roads Virginian Pilot, September 29)
Commentary: Perhaps Virginia will contribute to the reclaimed water lexicon with this definition, compliments of the news reporter: "Recycled water is essentially treated wastewater - minus the bacteria and funk." Now all we need is a good workable definition of "funk!"
- Debate on water recycling in San Diego: A "where are we now" primer (San Diego Union Tribune, October 1)
Commentary: From the readers' comments accompanying this article, it is clear that the Padres' late-inning collapse under the weight of the Rockies has turned loose the wolves to address other issues in the city.
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