From The Association, Continued from page 11
of contaminants in drinking water that
OEHHA considers posing no significant
health risk if consumed for a lifetime. This
report is prepared by OEHHA to assist the
water utilities in meeting their requirements
and is available at OEHHA and Association
of California Water Agencies’ websites. Since
the last publication of PHG in 2007, there
are seven changes in PHGs. These are 2,4-D,
oxamyl, pentachlorophenol, TCE, lead,
bromate, and chlorite.
Hexavalent Chromium PHG
The public comment period for the draft
of the Public Health Goal for hexavalent
chromium in Drinking Water has closed.
OEHHA received a number of comments.
In addition to public comments, two entities
(the Association of California Water
Agencies and Latham & Watkins LLP on
behalf of Honeywell International, Inc.)
have requested an external scientific peer
review of the draft PHG document. OEHHA
is currently working with these two organizations
on agreements covering the peer
review, as set forth in the California Health
& Safety Code Section 116365(c)(3)(D).
Once the external scientific peer review is
completed, OEHHA will revise the draft
PHG document as appropriate in response
to the peer review and public comments, and
release the revised draft for a 30-day public
Implementation of Groundwater Rule
According to Cindy Forbes, Southern
California Branch Chief of Drinking Water
Program, California Department of Public
Health, impacts of the Federal Groundwater
Rule on California water utilities
has been minimal. She attributed this to
the stringent California Well Standards
and Waterworks Standards. However, Ms.
Forbes has some concerns about the state’s
resources to conduct sanitary surveys for
groundwater sources. For some utilities,
the sanitary surveys are due by December
31, 2012. Stay tuned. S
generates over a three-year period.
This criterion recognizes that revenuegenerating
programs are necessary for
AWWA to meet its mission, as well as
the mission of the program.
• Service Cost is a measure of the cost
of providing the program service for
non-revenue-generating programs to
members impacted by the service.
• Please note: The last two criteria are
mutually exclusive, and it depends
upon whether the program is a
revenue or service program, as to
which criterion is scored.
The Membership Value and Structuring
Ad Hoc Committee has been working
on revamping our current membership
structure and process. AWWA needs to
position itself for future membership
growth to reverse a declining membership
trend and ensure relevance and value to
the next generation of water professionals.
A complicated membership structure
compounded by a shrinking workforce
and increased competition from established
and niche water-related groups
has forced AWWA to take a hard look at
membership value and its structure for the
future. AWWA staff is tasked with a global
implementation timeline to be developed
before June 2010.
The CA-NV Section also submitted a
draft business plan, in partnership with
ABC, to the AWWA Executive Committee,
which outlined an approach for taking
the CA-NV AWWA Water Use Efficiency
Certification Program to a national audience.
The process of submitting a formal
business plan is new to AWWA and the
Section and is a direct result of development
of the business relationship model
as an outcome to signing the Affiliation
Agreement. Since CA-NV is the first group
to embark on this process, you can imagine
that it is a bit of a moving target. I received
comments from the AWWA Executive
Committee and will be involved in further
discussions between the Section and ABC.
The goal is to resubmit a plan to the Executive
Committee in June for approval.
As always, serving as your National
Director and an Association Vice President
is an honor and a duty that I do not take
lightly. Please feel free to contact me with
any questions or comments. S