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Happy New Year!

The staff at are so excited for the arrival of the new year! We have a lot of plans in store to bring you even more useful information.

Thanks for joining us here, we're so glad you did!


AWWA answers questions on Hexavalent Chromium

Are you concerned about chromium?

An Environmental Working Group report identifying low levels of chromium-6 in 31 of 35 cities tested has made national headlines this week, prompting a lot of consumer questions.

Following our last newsletter, EPA released a more detailed action plan for addressing chromium concerns.

What do you think about chromium in drinking water? This blogger believes that an unreasonably low standard would divert public resources from more pressing issues. Share your opinion in our forum!

Note: To post in the forum, you'll need to register. If you need help registering, we have a video that explains it step-by-step.


Weekly Reading for January 4, 2011

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

1. Fluoride in water linked to lower IQs - It seems the debate continues about whether fluoridation is a good or bad idea. If you fluoridate and your consumers have questions regarding this study, here's a link to an EPA factsheet.
2. EPA: More CWSs operate at a loss - A few weeks ago we linked to the 2006 Community Water System Survey report. This AWWA article points out some of the financial realities revealed by the study.
3. Source of Swedish crypto outbreak found - In many outbreak cases, one small action had very large consequences for public health. In this situation, a sewage line had been connected to the city's rainwater drainage system.
4. Improving efficiency - This article contains helpful suggestions for improving energy efficiency In water and wastewater systems. It is short with straightforward tips!
5. PSA on proper grease disposal - Portland provides some helpful reminders that could serve your wastewater customers. Now and any time of the year, it's important to know that grease can wreak havoc on the system.
6. American Water celebrates 125th anniversary - In honor of this big birthday, the private water company will launch two public service campaigns aimed at educating the public about water conservation and the benefits of tap water.
7. Small community receives $2.5M from USDA - A small system serving 250 customers in Cairo, Ohio will build a new distribution system with the loan and grant funds.
8. Top 20 water infrastructure stories of 2010 - Water News Update compiles the Top Water Main Break Stories and Top Sewer Overflow Stories to provide you with 20 more reasons "it could be worse."


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