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August 4, 2017
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It's not too late!!!
To register for the 2017
FRWA Annual Conference
August 7, 8, and 9, 2017
Hilton Daytona Beach
100 N Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach FL 32118

Click on the image below for a preview of this year's Conference.

This year's FRWA Annual Conference is going to be one of the biggest we have ever had with over 700 attendees.  It's not too late to register, just come to the registration booth at the Hilton and we will be happy to be sure that you are registered. We apologize, but our room block is sold out. For a places to stay near the Hilton, click here .  Don't miss this opportunity to mix business with pleasure and bring the family along for a few days of vacation before school begins.

We would like to thank our platinum sponsors for this year's Conference.  You can click on the links below or on their logo on the left to take you to their website for more information.  Be sure to stop by their booths at the Conference and thank them for their support of our industry.

Our Exhibit Hall is sold out so it will be bursting at the seams with the latest the industry has to offer.  Be sure to stop and chat with our exhibitors and take advantage of this one on one opportunity to have your questions answered.

If you want more information, click here.  We're looking forward to seeing you there!
Best Tasting Water Contest
Don't forget to bring a sample of water produced by your system to FRWA's 2017 Annual Conference at the Hilton Daytona Beach to match your system against the best in the State!  Your sample should be in a one quart container on ice and submitted to the FRWA Registration Desk on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 before 2:00 pm.   more
More on the 2017 FRWA
Annual Conference
Bring the family for a last vacation before school starts to beautiful Daytona Beach! This is the perfect opportunity to make the family happy while you earn CEUs and explore an Exhibit Hall full of the latest the industry has to offer.  Take advantage of this time to reconnect with the family and catch up with your peers.    

This year's Conference is also a great opportunity to earn up to 1.5 CEUs for the new license cycle.  With over forty topics being covered, you are sure to find something of interest.  If you would like more information or to register, click  here .    
Don't miss your chance to see the latest inovations that the industry has to offer in our Exhibit Hall.  Our Exhibit Hall is sold out so there will be plenty of opportunity to find what you are looking for.

For more information on the Conference, click here or give us a call at 800.872.8207.  See you in Daytona!
This Week in Water History
August 4, 2007: On August 4, 2007 the Phoenix Mars lander was launched from Earth to land on the surface of Mars. It was sent in response to the Mars Odyssey Orbiter's discovery of the possibility of finding ice under the polar surface of Mars. Odyssey's sensors detected a gamma ray signature from hydrogen concentrated around the 'north' pole during its mission. Phoenix would go there to find out.

Phoenix landed on Mars on May 25, 2008 and began soil experiments. The robotic arm from the lander scraped a shallow trench in the soil exposing a shiny substance that was later proved to be water ice. NASA announced the discovery of water ice on Mars late July 2008.
National News
Warning Regarding Sleeping Rooms for the WaterPro Conference  We are trying to alert our state associations and ask them to also advise any of their utility members who may be attending the conference to be cautious regarding inquiries or offers from the following companies trying to either sell you rooms, or advising you that there is a problem with your sleeping room reservation at the Grand Sierra Resort. more

Georgia backs recommendation to dismiss Florida's water lawsuit Georgia on Monday argued in a brief filed with the U. S. Supreme Court that Florida's lawsuit over water use from the Apalachicola River system should be dismissed because a federal agency wasn't included.  more

U.S. House OKs $160 million for Lake Okeechobee dike, Everglades, algae research Projects to combat harmful algae blooms and restore the Everglades will get nearly $160 million in federal money in a bill approved Thursday evening by the U.S. House of Representatives.  more

State News
Glades County sites deemed optimal for water storage Why are all of the reservoir options under consideration for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Plan in Glades County? more

Regulators approve dramatic water rate hike for thousands of Seminole residents  Tens of thousands of Seminole County homeowners will see their water bills rise dramatically in coming months after the state Public Service Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a request by Utilities Inc. of Florida to nearly double water and wastewater rates. more

Why Did Miami Beach's Multimillion-Dollar Anti-Flood Pumps Fail? Miami Beach has the second most properties threatened by rising seas in the world, so the city recently sank $500 million into a Sisyphean project to install up to 80 anti-flood pumps across the city. more

Local officials take issue with report that questions city water quality A report by a national environmental group that questioned the city of Venice's water quality has prompted both the city and Sarasota County Health Department to push back, questioning the validity of the the survey's collection methods.  more

Sewage spills concern Polk County residents Hundreds of thousands of gallons of wastewater have come up from Polk County's sewage system so far this year, including about 12,000 gallons from two separate incidents Monday. more

Deputy takes the helm of South Florida Water Management District The South Florida Water Management District chose its deputy director as the agency's new chief, replacing a combative insider close to the governor with a career environmental regulator who has spent more than a decade working on Everglades restoration.  more

District Grant Allows Jay To Upgrade Water System More than $160,000 in grant funding from the Northwest Florida Water Management District helped the town of Jay upgrade its water system with more than 4,500 linear feet of waterline. more
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2970 Wellington Circle
Tallahassee FL 32309
850.668.2746