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Summer 2001 Contents

On The Cover
Earthquake!:Is your water system on shaky ground?
An earthquake is one of the most destructive things that can happen to a community. But, there are several things that can be done to reduce the effects of an earthquake and to lessen the damage to your water system. This article by On Tap editor Mark Kemp-Rye describes what happens in an earthquake and goes on to provide real-life examples of seismic water system design and emergency planning.

Feature Stories

Drought: Making it Through a Dry Spell
Drought can blister any area it touches, but there are ways to prepare for it. This article by On Tap editor Kathy Jesperson discusses drought's impacts and provides a 10-step mitigation plan prepared by the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Flood! Before and After the Rising Water
Floods are the most common natural disaster worldwide, and cleanup and recovery can be dangerous. If your system is in a flood area, you can prepare for the worst. This article discusses how to prepare for a flood and be ready for the inevitable.

2003 Deadline on the Horizon: States Progress Well with Source Water Assessments
The Source Water Assessment Program is well under way in states around the country. Identifying potential contamination in a drinking water system's source must be completed in most states by 2003. Read about the program and how states are working toward their deadline.

Pump Project Brings Water to Remote Villiage
Living in a country that is accustomed to turning on a tap to get safe drinking water can sometimes make us forget that many people don't have that luxury. This article, written by former Peace Corps volunteer Edward Winant, Ph.D., tells the story of Sokamalam, a small village in Cameroon, and the work its people did to get water to the village

By June 2003, all government entities with less than $10 million in revenues must adopt a new accounting standard known as "GASB 34." Pat Taylor and Linda Jordan of the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health review the new standard and what it means to small communities.


Safety Tips Insert

Emergency Planning
Planning for the future is sometimes a hard thing to do when an operator is struggling with day-to-day utility problems. But, planning for an emergency or natural disaster is an absolute necessity. This tip sheet developed from a CD-ROM produced by the Midwest Technical Assistance Center gives you ideas about what to include in your own emergency plan.

Tech Brief Insert

Diatomaceous Earth Filtration for Drinking Water
Diatomaceous earth (DE) filtration produces high-quality, low-cost drinking water using the skeletal remains of small, single-celled organisms as the filter media. The process is a U.S. EPA approved technology for meeting Surface Water Treatment Rule requirements. This Tech Brief discusses DE filtration, giving an explanation of the process, its history, monitoring and operating requirements, and sources of more information.

Chlorine's Effect on Corrosion in Drinking Water Systems
Small water treatment systems face a dilemma. Compliance with the Ground Water Rule requires systems to monitor for and disinfect microbiological contamination. The most common treatment method is adding chlorine to the water, which can lead to corrosion in the system, throwing the system out of compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule. This two-page pull-out outlines research sponsored by the Midwest Technology Assistance Center that studied the level of corrosion that may occur with chlorine disinfection.


News & Notes:
Drugs in Drinking Water: Are antibiotic-resistant superbugs evolving
NSFCOffers New Wastewater Resources CD-ROM
Book Discusses USDA and EPA Clean Water Action Plan
Systems Must Notify Public About Violations
Ask The Experts:
“How does delaying contaminant standards,
such as the recent arsenic rule, affect drinking water systems?”
Web Resources:
Site Offers Environmental Directory
Kentucky Provides Technical Assistance
TWDB Keeps Texans Informed 
Site Offers Water News Daily
Safety Info Supplied on the Web
NESC's new Website
Tech Trends:
More People Use Point-of-Use/Point-of-Entry Devices
Question & Answer:
Nonpoint Source Water Pollution
Until Next Time:
Water Supply and Demand—Meter or Ration?



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