Newsletter #146 for August 25, 2015
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Featured Video: How to Measure Chlorine Residual

Our partners at the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) have released a new instructional video on how to measure chlorine residual in the distribution system.

"This video will cover taking a good chlorine sample and methods for analysis. Effective measurement of chlorine residual is essential for protection of public health. The presence of the residual not only provides disinfection, it also serves and an indicator of water quality. Loss of residual can be an indicator of a water quality problem. Chlorine residual may be measured for compliance or non-compliance purposes. While the analysis will remain the same, how you collect the sample may differ. This video will discuss measurement of chlorine residual using a colorimetry and a handheld spectrophotometer."

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EPA chief: ‘Holding ourselves to a higher standard’
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The hard work of sustainable groundwater management
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2015 utility fee survey results
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Forecasters predict powerful El Nino to bring Rail to the dry West
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