"WASA' - Washington DC Water and Sewer Authority

it should be no surprise that WASA drinking water pumped out of the Potomac River is contaminated with
lead and other chemicals -- since sewage effluent is dumped INTO the Potomac River . .
. . ]


----- Original Message -----
From: "Maureen Reilly" <maureen.reilly@sympatico.ca>
To: <Sludgewatch-l@list.web.net>
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 2:04 PM
Subject: Sludge Watch ==> DC Drinking Supply Lead Contaminated? Water Agency Controlled Journal Report

DC Water Study Controlled by Utility


A report on water quality published in the peer-reviewed journal
Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) that assured District of Columbia
residents that they had not been harmed by lead in their water is under
investigation because of allegations that the author gave the city's water
authority, which funded the report, final approval over release of data in
the paper, the Washington Post reported.

Lead author Tee Guidotti, who was a paid consultant for the DC Water and
Sewer Authority and until recently a department chair at George Washington
University's school of public health, was contractually bound by DC WASA to
give the agency final approval over any material that might have been
proprietary, EHP editor-in-chief Hugh Tilson explained in a phone interview
with the Center for Science in the Public Interest. "Publication or teaching
of information specific to DC WASA, specifying DC WASA by name and directly
derived from work performed or data obtained in connection with services
under this Agreement, must first be approved by WASA in writing," the
contract stated. This agreement, according to Tilson, is a violation of the
journals policy on competing interests.

As a result, EHP will hold a meeting of its advisory board March 24 to
determine the next step, which may include retracting the study. While
Tilson asserts that EHP does not accuse Guidotti or DC WASA of manipulating
the st udy data, and that Guidotti in fact disclosed he had a contract with
the utility, there was no mention of controlling interest and, Tilson
asserted, the guidelines for authors, which are published on the journals
website, clearly state that authors must disclose potential competing
financial interests.

The results of the study, which claimed there had been no health impact from
the unprecedented concentrations of lead in the city's water from 2001 to
2004, has been challenged by another study published (subscription required)
recently in the journal Environmental Science & Technology by another group
of researchers who concluded that lead had spiked to harmful levels in the
blood of hundreds of D.C. children and that thousands more children could
have been harmed.


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From: "Helane Shields" <hshields@worldpath.net>
To: "a" <hshields@worldpath.net>
Subject:
POTOMAC RIVER - SEWAGE EFFLUENT DUMPED IN - WASHINGTON DC  (WASA) DRINKING WATER
PUMPED OUT - - contaminated with lead and chloramine
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:17:58 -0500

SEWAGE EFFLUENT DUMPED INTO POTOMAC RIVER


Potomac Timeline
Apr 15, 2008 ... The Washington Post calls the Potomac River "an open sewer." ... Station is put into operation on the
Potomac at Great Falls. ... MD, to the DC Blue Plains plant, is christened with its first sewage flows. ... 1968 -
Chlorination of the Washington area waste water treatment plant effluent begins. ...
www.potomacriver.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=96&catid=39&Itemid=57 - 36k - Cached -

Flush Times

When the Blue Plains Sewage Treatment Plant opened in 1938,sanitarians considered it a state of the art facility that
was ... fore the clean effluent is discharged into the Potomac River. ... nitrogen taken from sewage into the Potomac
River. ... A man of great enthusiasm and energy for life, he continued to ...
www.capitalcommunitynews.com/publications/hillrag/2008_December/54-55_RAG_1208.pdf - Similar pages -

Authigenic Vivianite in Potomac River Sediments: Control by Ferric ...
The Blue Plains sewage treatment plant, which services the greater part of ... 109 liters of tertiary treated effluent into
this reach of the river each day. ..... DELL, C. I., 1973, Vivianite: an authigenic phosphate mineral in Great ...
search.datapages.com/data/doi/10.1306/212F817F-2B24-11D7-8648000102C1865D -


GAINING SOME PERSPECTIVE ON THE LAND USE & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ...

The Potomac River, which is the second largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, drains ... effluent, acid precipitation,
and toxic substances such as dioxin from paper mills. ... of this great river are no longer safe for recreation. ....
300.000.000 gallons of sewage is processed each day at Blue Plains. ...
dockets.alexandriava.gov/fy03/022203ph/di2a.pdf - Similar pages -
Sewage Tastes Good Like Water Should - TIME

Rather than wait for the great thirst, some politicians want to pipe water ... 25000 now contains measurable traces of
sewage effluents dumped upstream. ... at the Blue Plains plant goes back into the seriously polluted Potomac River. ...
www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,909454,00.html - Similar pages -
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DRINKING WATER PUMPED OUT OF POTOMAC RIVER

quality report

The Potomac River – Our Water Supply Source. Dear Consumer:. The District of Columbia Water ... WASA is required
to monitor your drinking water for specific ...
www.dcwasa.com/news/publications/2006%20CCR%20Final%20PDF.pdf - Similar pages -

Testimony, Jon M Capacasa, WASA Oversight Hearing, 4/15/2008

Apr 15, 2008 ... DC WASA facilities, and work in partnership with local utilities to .... DCWASA are members of the
Potomac River Basin Drinking Water Source ...
www.epa.gov/ocir/hearings/testimony/110_2007_2008/2008_0415_jmc.pdf - Similar pages -


TESTIMONY OF JON M. CAPACASA DIRECTOR, WATER PROTECTION DIVISION ...

In April 2007, EPA issued an amended Clean Water Act permit to DC WASA to ... in the DC area for drinking water
source protection in the Potomac River ... River. EPA and DCWASA are members of the Potomac River Basin Drinking
Water ...
federalworkforce.oversight.house.gov/documents/20080414123650.pdf - Similar pages -


POTOMAC RIVER BASIN DRINKING WATER SOURCE PROTECTION PARTNERSHIP ...

POTOMAC RIVER BASIN DRINKING WATER. SOURCE PROTECTION PARTNERSHIP. JOINT MEETING ... Greg
Prelewicz, Fairfax Water. Jodye Russell, DC WASA ...
www.potomacdwspp.org/Meetings/Feb15-2006/20060215_DWSPP_Minutes.pdf -