twy Clean Water. Act falls into veto pocket
I Y WASHINGTON After several years of meet the federal deadline of July 1, 1988
deliberation, a last-minute compromise to upgrade their facilities to meet second-
over funding, and almost unanimous ap- ary treatment standards.
proval by Congress, President Reagan has A pocket veto occurs when the president
"pocket vetoed" the Water Quality Act of neither signs nor directly vetoes legisla-
'198. tion within 10 days after Congress ad-
The bill would have amended the Clean journs. It cannot be overridden.
toi l oWater Act and provided $18 billion to pu- In a memorandum explaining his ac-
*DL' A rify U.S. waterways, primarily by con- tion, President Reagan said the bill "so
I. S 1. a, ti 4 g ''t't P structing or improving thousands of far exceeds acceptable levels of intended
municipal sewage treatment plants na- budgetary commitments that I must
tionwide. It was aimed at helping cities Please turn to Page 13
Potable water Isn't
that palatable to
survey finds .
LOS ANGELES A
public opinion poll, taken re-
cently by the Los Angeles
Tires, showed that 40 per-
cent of California's residents
are giving up tap water be-
cause of its bad taste and a
of Californis are buying f p m-
ttled water. Another Infrared scanning
pr.ln htve hv filttri. on their
taps Of thut, surveyed, 36 .
percent cited Tamtea
health amoed them to make- crater which completely
that decision. Soe 28 per- engulfed a section of West
cent said safety was their Broad Street, a major down-
only reason for buying or f1l- town artery, city officials de-
tering their drinking water. cided it would be a good idea
Los Angeles, where inten- to find any similar trouble
sive advertising campaigns spot before they too caused
coincide with the bad taste f majer troubles.
Colorado River water, is an After searching for possi
especially fertile area for blecoosultnts city officials
bottled water salesmen. In settled on EnTbch Engi-
Los Angeles, 48 percent of nearing ofSt. Louis, Mo. En-
the people surveyed said Ich spocialises in the use of
they buy rlter their drink- air-borne infrared scanning
ing water and 45 percent of techniques to lind anomalies
those mid bad taste is the in large roofs, major
reason. highways, bridge decks, and
sewer and water lines.
More Quality Page 4 The EnTech survey of Col-
y appear on the scanning device monitor at right.
Snomolies. All five Center,
spected by core sampling ew a rstem de atw.
techniques. Two proved to be St.Lt ocials als ed En- ..
concrete sewer junction 'Uch to develop a survey More Buppl, rge
boxes that did not appear on
sewer maps. The other three
anomolies were improper bp i
backfill of the sewer lines
that posed no immediate .i d
danger but someday might
be expected to caum me
After the results had b r.
evaluated, a spokeswoman r-
for the Columbus 4awar
maintenance department s '
said the survey ad vn TiA state
the city "a sense of cosnf- did d mu t
dance that we really did nt oate store Pgo to recover
dare to hope for." tb. $4 Mnllas ant rodeep what has been called the
According to Gary Weil, : pto t n wa o he. he i lprigellow Acid
president of EnTech, the rYt wee a Mle Iamgiait .e qn ty of Glen
problem encountered in Col- l tw l. at e.ta ina-
umbus is not unusual. "The t I us *S dWPWd aggelie owatghout
infrastructure ofourvy ma0o U wa.e.ee toxic wastes
cities are getting old,.' Weil '*m 31 e.. w 't..i e p which was
said. "We expect wore and t o d pt e. -
more inquiries in the future, :E'-at*e. l mrt Los 4 l will convene a
main surveys but to detect
underground potholes in Moreo on, e
highways and age damage in BULRE FREE
bridges." OS,,G, REE TRAL&90
EnTech, said Weil. is one of r "
Shalf-dosen mor so consulting u n
engineering firms in the RPE t.C 4 pian p. A.
country using ianfremd M- ,te con", eat .
ingforsuchsurveys. ~ 20 adFoL 3:
Weil said EnT'ch began its o*'
business by urveyi large
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