Newsletter #173 for October 4, 2016
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States Go Their Own Way on Perfluorinated Chemicals

Just a few months after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued new drinking water health advisories for PFOA and PFOS, a handful of states have taken steps to further tighten the rules on perfluorooctanoic acid levels in drinking water. 

Last month, the New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute proposed a standard that would require water utilities to treat water to reduce PFOA levels. At 14 parts per trillion (ppt), the recommended level is nearly three times lower than the current state standard and substantially lower than the 70 ppt-limit recommended by U.S. EPA in May. A bill that would force the state Department of Environmental Protection to approve or reject the proposed standard withing six months has also been introduced in the New Jersey senate. 

Many drinking water systems in the state have reported levels above the proposed standard, but small utilities have said the extra treatment required to comply would be financially difficult. For information on what other states are doing, read this Times Union article

Symposium Offers a Close Look at UV Disinfection Applications and Regulations

The International Ultraviolet Association and Confluence Water Technology Innovation Cluster are hosting a symposium November 9 focused on UV technology innovations and regulations. The one-day event will take place in Covington, Kentucky. 

Click here to learn more and to register. 

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Creating O&M Manuals that Actually Get Used
RCAC specialist Angela Hengel walks through the development of individualized O&M manuals that provide not only written information, but detailed yet easy to follow video instructions on plant operations and maintenance in this guest post. 

Developing and Implementing Tools for Small Systems to Evaluate and Select Appropriate Treatment Technologies
This post is a project update originally shared in our Technology News newsletter. 

Common Distribution System Deficiencies
This article from Spigot News covers different aspects of the distribution system, including cross-connection, backflow, depressurization events, water age and infrastructure deterioration. 

Tribal Utility News Subscribers Give Us Insight into Tribal System Needs
Our Tribal Utility News subscriber survey gives insights into the unique challenges and needs facing tribal utilities.

Common Treatment Deficiencies
This article from Spigot News is the second installment in a series of articles to help small water systems identify the most common problems found during a sanitary survey or other investigatory site visit conducted by Ohio EPA staff. 

Free Webinar

Green Chemistry, Safer Choices
 Wednesday, October 12 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Hosted by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

During the presentation, you will learn: Industry’s perspective on the benefits and challenges of formulating greener products; Government programs that help incentivize companies to develop green products; Addressing the increasing consumer demand for safer products; How academia is filling the need for current and the growing demand for green chemistry and engineering students; and How state voluntary programs recognize facilities for undertaking these challenges. 

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Free Resource

Alternative Disinfectants and Oxidants Guidance Manual
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The objective of this 346-page guidance manual is to describe alternative disinfectants and disinfection techniques and highlight advantages and disadvantages of their use. Topics covered include: Disinfectant Use in Water Treatment, Ozone, Chlorine Dioxide, Potassium Permanganate, Chloramines, Peroxone (Ozone/Hydrogen Peroxide), Ultraviolet Radiation, and Combined Disinfectants. 

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Featured Video: Introduction to RCAP

Regular newsletter readers will recognize the name RCAP. But did you know that regional affiliates can help small community utilities stay in compliance with federal and state regulations while educating local leaders and developing sustainable water and wastewater systems? 

Click here to watch this short introduction video. And for more information on the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, visit
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Reading Selections

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Champions Water Infrastructure and Safe Drinking Water Investments Passed by U.S. Senate
The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 passed earlier this month incorporates elements from the previously authored Water Technology Acceleration Act, including a program to fund public-private partnerships that deploy, test, and improve emerging water technologies. 

Nitrate Effects in Drinking Water May Be Worse Than Thought
According to a report from the Iowa Environmental Council, the health risks of nitrate in drinking water may include spina bifida, limb deficiencies, and other birth defects along with bladder and thyroad cancer.

St. Helena Likely to Hike Water, Wastewater Rates
A rate study conducted in the small town of St. Helena, California has recommended that rates be increased twice in 2017 and again each November until 2021. 

Water Conservation May Have Been a Factor in Wastewater Deaths
Water conservation in Wichita Falls, Texas, combined with an increased volume of waste in the system, may have contributed to the elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide gas that killed two city workers in July.

This Device Detects Chemicals on the Cheap, Researchers Claim
Scientists in Russia say they have developed a device that helps utilities test water quality in situ for less money. 
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