Spring 2003 Contents
Privatization When Public Goes
Private - Someone is knocking at your utilitys 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
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.
101 - With warm weather months and accompanying increased water
demands upon us, now is the time to implement water conservation measuresparticularly
those focused on seasonal uses, such as lawn watering.
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.
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, its been easy to get lost
in all the requirements.
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 impliesat 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 systems customers is not an individuals choice, but that
of the water system cooperating with regulatory authorities.
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