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for Water Resources Research Institute News Vol. Issue 255, Jan/Feb 1989
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The Legislative Research Commission’s Committee on Watershed Protection has recommended to the 1989 General Assembly two bills aimed at providing reliable and safe water supplies. The bills outline standards for point and nonpoint pollution controls and propose the development of a state water supply plan.
To resolve disagreement about stringent limitations on toxic substances in North Carolina’s streams and rivers, the Environmental Management Commission appointed a committee to review the state’s proposed new in-stream water quality standards prior to taking the standards to public hearing. The dispute about state standards reflects widespread controversy about both analytical detection limits and public risk-benefit perception.
The North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development may be scheduling public hearings on surface water reclassification requests in the first half of 1989. Some communities have requested a more protective classification of existing water supplies. Others have asked that surface waters now classified for recreation, trout, or other uses be reclassified so that they can be used for public water supplies.
On December 15, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Raleigh announced that Raleigh is the site for a pilot project aimed at designing a national lead-in-drinking-water education program. The program will explore ways to motivate water consumers to reduce the level of lead in their tap water and will serve as the basis for designing a program to help water suppliers comply with regulatory standards.
Engineers at Research Triangle Institute examined pump use and pumping policies at the Raleigh Falls Lake Pumping Station and, with the aid of a new computer program, suggested changes that resulted in significant cost savings. Models created an optimum schedule for pump operations and helped Raleigh to earn an award for energy conservation from the Energy Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
According to a special report to the Raleigh City Council, the recently enacted state ban on phosphate detergent has improved the phosphate-removal efficiency of the city’s Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant and has had an immediate positive impact on water quality in the Neuse River. Additional studies by environmental consultants also show improvements to the phosphate-removal efficiency of wastewater treatment facilities in Greensboro and Durham.