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Regulatory Update BY ED THOMAS, NRWA EPA expected to release the next round of revised MCLs – It is expected that the EPA will be releasing their next sixyear review of all regulated contaminants. In the last six-year review, EPA decided to revise the Total Coliform Rule. This round, we expect the agency to focus on contaminants that have updated health/risk data, detection methodology updates and/or monitoring issues to be addressed. The agency will specifically be reviewing the arsenic standard and potentially lowering the standard from the current level of 5 ppb. Other contaminants that may be evaluated for revised MCLs or revised monitoring requirements include nitrate, fluoride, chromium, arsenic and trichloroethylene (TCE). Perchlorate – In the last regulatory update, we reported that the Agency had preliminarily decided to not regulate perchlorate because there was not an opportunity for a meaningful opportunity for increasing public health protection. It now appears the Agency will send the evaluation to the National Academy of Science (NAS) for their review and recommendations. The NAS could endorse EPA’s original conclusion or provide evidence that perchlorate must be regulated. It is anticipated that the NAS review could take one to two years to complete. Energy/water conservation – A new NRWA publication titled, “Ergs, Joules & Such” has been launched. The publication provides advice that rural and small communities could implement for energy savings. For example, did you know that the nation’s small drinking water systems spend between $300,000,000 and $500,000,000 for electricity each year. In another example, a utility was able to cut their electric bill by over $13,000 per year simply making some pump scheduling changes. If you are interested in receiving this publication, contact Dr. John Regnier at highpnt@mindspring. com or (334) 462-1541. Ground Water Rule effective in 2009 – The new U.S. EPA Ground Water Rule becomes effective December 1 of this year. Utilities should be evaluating if they currently meet 4 log removal for viral pathogens. If a utility meets 4 log removal then they must notify the state by December 1, 2009 of that fact. If they do not meet 4 log removal, then the utility should be prepared to start completing an Hydrogeological Sensitivity Analysis (HSA) and/or collecting source water samples for a fecal indicator prescribed by the state regulatory authority. There are other requirements that are also contained in the rule, but utilities should be preparing and planning for these potential monitoring and treatment equipment expenses. Drinking Water Security – The WaterISAC has committed to providing all drinking water utilities serving less than 50,000 people free access to their service for a year. The WaterISAC is an Internet-based tool that serves as a communication hub for the water sector. It also houses a whole host of security related research, vulnerability and emergency response documents. Recently, a secure networking has also been added that will allow utilities to discuss unique security issues in a secure environment. The WaterISAC will be distributing the necessary equipment to utilities over the next several months. The WaterISAC basic service can be accessed at In the last six-year review, EPA decided to revise the Total Coliform Rule. This round, we expect the agency to focus on contaminants that have updated health/risk data, detection methodology updates, and/or monitoring issues to be addressed. Second Quarter 2009 • 37

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2009

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2009
From the President
Energy Conservation for Small Utilities
Sounds Too Good to Bet True...But It's Real!
Algae to Biodiesel
Wind to Water
Utility Management in a Down Economy
Waterbrick: Bulk Water Delivery System Pulls Double Duty as Shelter
Five Attributes of Inspirational Leaders
Regulatory Update
Rally Wrap Up
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2009