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Newsletter #37 for August 9, 2011

Sampling Reminders for Water Systems

These tips came from the Minnesota Department of Health for submitting water samples for analysis. While procedures my vary by state and lab, these are helpful reminders:

Take coliform samples in the distribution system, not at the wells or entry points.
Write the Date Collected, Time Collected, and Collector’s Name on the laboratory request form.
Write the Sample Point on the laboratory request form.
Attach the label to each bottle (do not attach labels to the lab form).
Include laboratory request forms with submitted samples; make sure the information on the bottle label and the lab form is similar.
Use something other than a rollerball or gel pen; the ink may run.

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List of Laboratories Approved for the Analysis of Cryptosporidium

If your system uses surface water, you might be interested in having this list of laboratories that have passed the Laboratory Quality Assurance Evaluation Program for Analysis of Cryptosporidium under the Safe Drinking Water Act, and have been granted "Approved" status.


Weekly Reading for August 9, 2011

Each week we'll provide a collection of our favorite links we know you'll love too!

1. North Texas town turns off water - In this must-read article, a small Texas town faces the repercussions of not managing their aging infrastructure.
2. Ground Water Rule Compliance Help - Is this new regulation on your mind? Find resources to help you monitor and comply.
3. Hot Weather Water Conservation Tips - Share these tips with your customers to help them beat the heat while being water-wise.
4. AWWA seeks input on online analytical methods - Do you use online instrumentation to monitor water characteristics? AWWA would like you to take their survey.
5. 12 AWG, 12 gauge, and #12 - As an operator, you've likely done a little light electrical work. If you're always getting confused about wire gauge, here's a primer.
6. EPA and USDA Create a Partnership to Improve Drinking Water Systems and Develop Workforce in Rural Communities - Always great to hear about federal agencies working closer together for a common goal.

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