Regulations

Using the rule revisions five-sample approach to identify schools with increased lead

an interesting paper on an “approach to classify a school’s lead risk, which could help water utilities and schools prioritizing testing and remediation efforts,” recently appeared in the journal ‘Environmental Science & Technology Letters’.

Tenets of a Holistic Approach to Drinking Water-Associated Pathogen Research, Management, and Communication

A holistic approach will (i) target multiple microorganisms simultaneously, (ii) involve experts across several disciplines, and (iii) communicate results across disciplines and more broadly, proactively addressing source water-to-customer system management.

Guidance For Providing Safe Drinking Water in Areas of Federal Jurisdiction

This document is intended to provide technical guidance to assist federal departments meet their legislative obligations. It takes into consideration the unique circumstances faced by many departments in order to best protect human health

Drinking Water Quality Guidelines across Canadian: Jurisdictional Variation in the Context of Decentralized Water Governance

review identifies key differences in the regulatory approaches to drinking water quality across Canada’s 13 jurisdictions. Only 16 of the 94 CDWQG are consistently applied across all 13 jurisdictions; five jurisdictions use voluntary guidelines, whereas eight use mandatory standards.

A pilot study on the feasibility of testing residential tap water: Implications for environmental justice and health

The article offers a very different perspective, using citizen scientists and addressing implications for environmental justice and health.

Multiple Sources of the Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in Genesee County, Michigan, in 2014 and 2015-during Flint lead crisis

A community-wide outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease (LD) occurred in Genesee County, Michigan, in 2014 and 2015. Previous reports about the outbreak are conflicting and have associated the outbreak with a change of water source in the city of Flint and, alternatively, to a Flint hospital. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this investigation was to independently identify relevant sources of Legionella pneumophila that likely resulted in the outbreak.

By |2020-01-16T13:14:57-05:00January 16th, 2020|Drinking Water, Pathogens, Regulations, Water Treatment|0 Comments

Management of Legionella in Water Systems (2019)

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine were asked by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to address the state of the science with regard to Legionella including its ecology, disease diagnosis, amplification within water systems, quantification, prevention and control, policy and guidance, and all associated research needs.

Cyanobacteria and their toxins in Canadian waters: guidelines from Health Canada Webinar

Health Canada is hosting a webinar entitled “Cyanobacteria and their toxins in Canadian waters: guidelines from Health Canada” on Jan 13 presenting the updated Guideline for Canadian Drinking Water Quality on Cyanobacterial Toxins.

By |2019-12-19T13:38:03-05:00December 19th, 2019|Drinking Water, Pathogens, Regulations, Water Treatment|0 Comments

Revised background documents are ready for review for the cyanotoxins anatoxin-a, cylindrospermopsin and saxitoxin-WHO Guidelines for drinking water quality

The World Health Agency (WHO) has developed some background documents for cyanotoxins which will be included in the second addendum to the fourth edition of the WHO’s Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality and is looking for comments by Jan 12, 2020.

By |2019-12-13T09:26:53-05:00December 12th, 2019|Drinking Water, Papers & Articles, Regulations|0 Comments

For Public Review and Comment: Canadian Groundwater Quality Guidelines–101 contaminants

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) is looking for input into the draft Canadian Groundwater Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Environmental and Human Health for 101 contaminants of concern. It is available for public review and comment until January 10, 2020.