September 2003
Volume 45 Number 9
 

Pipelines: Help Wanted--Pacific WQA Looks for a Few Good Prospects
by Ronald Y. Pérez, WC&P Managing Editor   Pages: 

The Pacific WQA has begun a new job posting board on its website, according to the association’s Newsline. The job board is available for all PWQA members to list openings free of charge. To post an opening, contact the association at (760) 644-7348 or email: info@ pwqa.org with your name, company name, contact name and phone number along with a description of the job and requirements needed.

The Ohio EPA Division of Drinking and Ground Waters has proposed to modify the state’s administrative code rules that regulate lead and copper concentrations in public water systems. The full notice can be viewed at www.epa.state.oh.us/ddagw/Documents/PbCu_PN.pdf

The 2002 Annual Compliance Report of South Dakota Public Water System Violations shows overall quality of drinking water available to South Dakota public water system consumers is good. Systems in the state comply with regulated drinking water standards from 90 percent to 100 percent of the time, depending on the standard. Some of the report’s findings include:
* 100 percent of all public water systems are in compliance with organic chemical standards--97 percent compliance for monitoring/reporting requirements;
* 94 percent of all public water systems are in compliance with total coliform standards--91 percent compliance for monitoring/reporting requirements;
* 90 percent of all public water systems are in compliance with the surface water treatment rule--93 percent compliance for monitoring/reporting requirements, and
* 100 percent of all public water systems are in compliance with the lead and copper rule--97 percent compliance for monitoring/reporting requirements.

Other state drinking water reports are available in the July 23 issue of the www.safedrinking water.com (see Vol. 4, No. 30 under News) including ones on Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Kan-sas and Oregon.

Under the new arsenic standard of 10 parts per billion (ppb), public water systems can apply for an exemption, but the federal use of the term “exemption” is misleading, reports The Idaho Drinking Water Newsletter. Granting an exemption actually means extending the time a system has to come into compliance with the rule.

It doesn’t mean that a system is exempt from the 10-ppb standard. If a water system is eligible for an arsenic exemption, it may have an additional three to nine years to come into compliance beyond the January 2006 deadline.

To determine exemption eligibility, a system:
1. Had to be in operation prior to Feb. 27, 2002,
2. Has an arsenic concentration less than 35 ppb,
3. Is unable to make management or restructuring changes to achieve compliance,
4. Will require capital improvements that cannot be completed by Jan. 23, 2006, and
5. Has determined there are no reasonable alternative sources of water.

The USEPA will be processing exemption applications for Idaho water systems until Jan. 23, 2005, after which time, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will process the applications. Exemptions must be filed prior to the effective date of the maximum contaminant level, which is Jan. 23, 2006. Water systems interested in receiving an exemption (i.e., an expansion of time) for the new arsenic rule are encouraged to start the application process early to ensure compliance. Additional information and application materials for arsenic exemptions are available online through the Idaho DEQ website: www.deq.state.id.us/water/water1/htm

See Breaking News at www.wcponline.com for further details or updates on these and other state and regional items of related interest.