Bill’s Water News

Bill’s Water News2019-05-27T13:04:05-04:00

Bill’s Water News

For the past 15 years, Dr. Bill Anderson has maintained an email service drawing attention to items of interest to drinking water professionals including, for example, the latest research articles, regulatory updates, outbreak reports, topical issues, and media stories. Bill’s email service originated with municipal, consulting, and supplier partners who supported drinking water research programs at the University of Waterloo, but has expanded over time to include interested individuals from public institutions and regulators with a connection to drinking water. These emails are now also archived here in a blog format as they are released, which can be explored by category or simply by scrolling through the posts below.

If you would like to join Bill’s email list for updates straight to your inbox, you can send an email to Bill to be added to the growing list. Please note we are in the process of moving all of Bill’s past email blasts to this blog page, so check back to explore more content, both old and new, as we transition.

In 2000, Walkerton’s poisoned water ruined his life-He decided it was time to end it

August 1st, 2019|Categories: Drinking Water, Papers & Articles|

In response to my recent emails dealing with waterborne disease outbreaks, I was directed to an article in the Toronto Star published in May 2018 which really got my attention. I think that as water professionals this is an article we should all read when we have a few minutes.

Guidance on the use of QMRA in drinking water and other Health Canada guidelines

July 30th, 2019|Categories: Drinking Water, Papers & Articles|

Health Canada has been busy with new, reaffirmed, and proposed guidelines as well guidance documents this year. The latest is ‘Guidance on the use of quantitative microbial risk assessment in drinking water.’ It has been approved and is available for viewing/download.

Norway Water Crisis: Thousands Fall Ill On Island Near Bergen

July 18th, 2019|Categories: Drinking Water, Papers & Articles, Source Water Protection|

Following up from my recent email on ‘Common themes contributing to recent drinking water disease outbreaks in affluent nations’, I’ve come across two additional Campylobacter outbreaks where, in one case, thousands were sickened and some deaths were reported. One was in Askøy near Bergen, Norway in June 2019 and appears to have run its course now.

Common themes contributing to recent drinking water disease outbreaks in affluent nations

July 8th, 2019|Categories: Drinking Water, Papers & Articles, Source Water Protection|

Following up from articles and books on disease outbreaks the Hrudey’s have published another timely article on the same theme. As we have been observing in the research world we are now educating students who have not heard of the Walkerton outbreak in 2000 (or were born since then!). The study authors report that 24 drinking-waterborne disease outbreaks in affluent nations have occurred since then, pointing to the recent campylobacteriosis outbreak with 5,500 cases and four fatalities.

Public consultation on aluminum in drinking water

July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Drinking Water, Papers & Articles|

A document entitled “Aluminum in drinking water: Guideline technical document for consultation” has been posted on Health Canada’s website. A new health-based guideline (MAC) of 2.9 mg/L is being proposed for aluminum for the first time.

Statement from the State of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel

June 13th, 2019|Categories: Distribution Systems, Drinking Water, Papers & Articles, Pathogens|

I’ve seen some news reports that prosecutors have dismissed all charges in the Flint water crisis investigation (recall that there were two issues, lead which was the focus, but also Legionnaires disease which was not considered in the original investigation)...

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Dr. William B. Anderson is a Research Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Water Science, Technology & Policy Group at the University of Waterloo. He has been active in drinking water quality and treatment research for nearly 40 years, recently focusing on perfluorinated compounds, cyanobacterial toxins, pathogen removal/inactivation, and biological filtration. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Ontario Water Works Association and the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, and was involved with the revision and update of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment ‘Design Guidelines for Drinking-Water Systems’ and the ‘Optimization Guidance Manual for Drinking Water Systems’.