Monthly Archives: August 2010

Coliform Analysis Method #3

In recent posts we have examined the importance of Coliform analysis, and looked at two of the three approved methods for Coliform analysis in drinking water: Multiple Tube Fermentation and ColiLert. Today we examine the third method, Membrane Filtration. The …
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Is Cap and Trade Okay With You?

I caught a brief segment on the Sean Hannity show over the weekend, related to the “Cap and Trade” legislation that has been percolating on Capitol Hill for the past several months. You can see the 6-minute piece at http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/hannity/index.html …
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The Microbes Will Inherit The Earth

Technical difficulties and personal scheduling conflicts have limited my blog production this week — I apologize. A couple of days ago, there was a terrific story in the LA Times. See: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-oil-bacteria-20100825,0,1471710.story As we have related previously in this blog, …
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Reverse Osmosis For The Santa Clara River?

Sorry to have missed you yesterday, but I had difficulties with Blogspot. Hopefully, all is better now, and we can continue our postings. I wrote a letter to the editor of my local paper, The Signal, in response to a …
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The Countdown Continues …

Well, we’re now only four weeks away from the State of California Water Distribution Operator certification exam. I will continue to use my Friday blogs to hound you into studying well prior to the exam. It is by far your …
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"I Can See Clearly Now …"

In our August 4 post, we reported that “researchers” were finding that the oceans were much clearer than in the past. That was viewed by this team as bad news. For years, environmentalists have been wringing their hands about the …
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Working the Night Shift

My local paper published a story this past Sunday on my old pals at Castaic Lake Water Agency. The Signal is running a series of stories about life on the night shift. See http://www.the-signal.com/section/36/article/32256/ I have come to despise the …
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The Chlorine Breakpoint Curve

Another Friday has come, so that means I have another gentle reminder for you regarding the Distribution Operator certification exam: it’s now just five weeks away! As I have suggested the past two weeks, make sure that you set aside …
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Guilt By Association

Traffic is up at this site over the past few days. Thanks to all of you who are faithful patrons, and welcome to all you newcomers! I wonder if it has anything to do with the recent topic of coliform …
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The Secret Ingredient for MTF

In the last blog, we noted that the single most performed and arguably most important water quality analysis is the coliform test. We also identified the three accepted methods for coliform analysis as multiple tube fermentation, ColiLert, and membrane filtration. …
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The "Bac-T" Analysis

The single most important question our customers ask of us is, “Is my water safe?” Thankfully, in this country, we can almost always say, “Yes!” But how do we know? By far the most performed test on drinking water is …
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"Batting Cleanup"

Thankfully, it must have been a slow news day on Sunday. The front page of the LA Daily News had an article by Susan Abram with the same title as today’s blog. Today’s photo is also courtesy the Daily News. …
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State Distribution Exam Reminder

We gave you fair warning last week of the upcoming State Distribution Exam on Saturday, September 18. And we’re going to keep reminding you about it! We’re only badgering you because the most essential element to your success is studying. …
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Algae: Our New Energy Friend?

Stop the presses! I actually just read a story in today’s LA Times that didn’t make me crazy. See: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-biofuels-20100805,0,7105447.story (Note that today’s graphic is from the same story.) Consistent readers of this blog will recognize a few themes that …
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The Oceans Are Getting Clearer!

My first real job was a lab assistant position with the County of San Luis Obispo, while I was a senior in high school. My main duty was to clean laboratory glassware. That’s right: I was a glorified dishwasher. But …
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