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Spring 2003 Contents

Cover Story
Privatization • When Public Goes Private - Someone is knocking at your utility’s door, and it looks like representatives from a private water company. Maybe they want to strike a management agreement for billing and collection. Maybe they want you to contract out your operation and maintenance to them. Then again, maybe they want to buy out your utility entirely.

Can Public Water Utilities Compete with Bottled Water? -
Isolated water contamination incidents have turned people off from turning on their taps to enjoy a drink of water. Water coolers, once the central station for office gossip, are now found in home kitchens. Joggers, walkers, hikers, and bikers carry plastic bottles, chugging store-bought water instead of water from home.

The Villain of Hinkley, California
Chromium-6 Takes Center Stage
- If a chemical can claim to have had a starring role in an Oscar winning Hollywood production, it is chromium-6, also known as hexavalent chromium.

December 2003 is Deadline for Small Systems and DBPs

The Information Age is Here - Small Town Web Sites Proliferate
- In less than a decade, the World Wide Web (WWW) has gone from little more than a curiosity to a vital information source for millions. Part of this phenomenal growth comes in places you might least expect it: small communities. Although no statistics are readily available, anecdotal evidence suggests that more and more small communities see a presence on the WWW as being an important part of how they do business.

CONSERVATION 101 - With warm weather months and accompanying increased water demands upon us, now is the time to implement water conservation measures—particularly those focused on seasonal uses, such as lawn watering.

International Drinking Water Regulations - The Developed World Sets the Standards - Drinking water standards vary around the world, ranging from complex to simple. And water quality runs the gamut from pristine to appalling. With such broad parameters, you might expect a wide range of rules.

States Implement Capacity Development Plans - The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Amendments contained dozens of new and improved regulations. For those working with water systems, it’s been easy to get lost in all the requirements.

Tech Brief • Point-of-Use/Point-of-Entry - Numerous households use point-of-use/point-of-entry (POU/POE) systems primarily to deal with aesthetic concerns, such as taste and odor. These treatment devices are installed just as their name implies—at the point where water enters a household or where it is used, such as a faucet. In certain situations, however, using POU/POE systems to provide safe drinking water to a system’s customers is not an individual’s choice, but that of the water system cooperating with regulatory authorities.

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