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COG update

Cassie has been busy for several weeks, working on the 2004 Sampling Schedule. This basically involves scheduling over 6700 public water systems for sampling of over 150 constituents, some quarterly, for a total of 43,000 samples. New sampling requirements enacted by the US EPA have doubled our regular schedule.

I've helped out a small amount, running a series of queries in the Scheduling database. Lost count at query number 45, and I know Cassie's run those queries countless times...

My time's been spent dealing with systems on a case by case basis for nitrates, and answering a multitude of phone calls about all of the new requirements going into effect January 1, 2004. I've got to get as much done as possible in December with my other programs. Starting Jan. 1, Cassie and I will have to commit all our attention to compliance determination for more than 5000 water systems and 8,000 entry points affected by the new disinfection byproduct rules. Zowy!

As a result, I haven't seen, much less talked, with Cassie for quite some time. We've had to make a concerted (and often failed) attempt to take our scheduled breaks.

The schedule is finally finished, and today I looked at the actual figures. I was astounded, and I had to ask:
"So, how does it feel to have essentially just arranged for the expenditure of $7.85 million dollars in sampling and analytical costs?"

"Overwhelming, and tiring" was her response.

Protecting the public health of the citizens of Texas.

It is amazing that I can say that I am fine with what I'm getting paid, just get us more staff to share the workload!



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Dec. 3rd, 2003 07:57 am (UTC)
Your post on public water system makes one realize that there's more going on than you think.
Reminds me of a quote by Paris Hilton (the dumb blonde bimbo): "I think clothes should be free of charge, just like water."
Dec. 3rd, 2003 09:20 am (UTC)
That quote was so funny, I had to share it with my fellow team members!

And sometimes less - ask me sometime about my days as a water treatment operator for the City of Austin, pre 9/11 and Homeland Security. It used to amaze me how small a number of people were actually in control of a water system serving a community our size...
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