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Ask The Expert: ‘Cross into the Blue’ on the cutting edge
09/04/2002 
 
Question: Q: I'm writing an article for a local Air Base (Mountian Home AFB) newspaper on water issues and was hoping you might be able to point me towards some good cutting edge information, statistics, etc. I'm floundering around the web and so far your site has been the most informative, and you appear to be the local expert!!! Thanks for your help.

Rod Russell
Boise, Idaho
 

Answer: A: Not sure what specific kind of stats you're looking for, but there are all kinds of suggestions we could make with a more detailed request. A few market research companies may be able to help you, such as Frost & Sullivan or The McIlvaine Company, which specialize in the water treatment industry, although they may take more of a "big" water or industrial approach. Their reports generally cost a bundle, but you can find useful info in the report summaries/press releases on their websites. The Water Quality Association and International Bottled Water Association both do surveys of their industry that could prove helpful. Other than that, government websites are the best: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov/watrhome or www.epa.gov/safewater), U.S. Geological Survey (water.usgs.gov), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/list_waterborne.htm). Another resource is the National Drinking Water Clearinghouse hosted by the University of West Virginia (http://www.nesc.wvu.edu/ndwc/ndwc_index.htm). Hope that helps.

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