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October 28, 2016
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2017 Focus on Change Dates and Locations Announced

The Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA) is pleased to announce the dates and locations of the twenty-seventh annual "Focus on Change" Seminar in conjunction with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The sessions are designed to provide the most current regulatory information available to utilities. FRWA is pleased to announce that the DEP Water, Wastewater, Operator Certification Sections, and the Department of Environmental Assessment and Restoration will be participating.

This year's agenda includes several timely topics in the General Session and Breakout Sessions. You are encouraged to take the time to join us for what we anticipate to be an informative Training Seminar.The Focus on Change classes are very popular each year.  You will want to register early to ensure that you will be able to attend the location of your choice.

There is no charge for admittance for those not wishing to earn CEUs/PDHs, however you must pre-register as seating is limited. If you wish to receive CEUs/PDHs for the session a CEU/PDH processing fee will apply.

For more information and to register online, click here
The Latest on Lead and Copper
Examining Options to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week marks a time when EPA and our federal partners promote education and awareness activities that focus on lead and how to prevent its negative health effects.  This year, we focus on the theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future."  It's through our joint efforts that we have been able to make significant strides in reducing exposure to lead over the past several decades. more

Lead and Copper Rule Revisions Exposure to lead is known to present serious health risks to the brain and nervous system of children.  The recent crisis in Flint, Michigan, has brought increased attention to the challenge of lead in drinking water systems across the country. more

DWSRF and Capacity Building In Action: Leveraging Resources to Address Lead in Drinking Water The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and Sustainable Systems Teams at EPA are hosting a series of webinars to highlight ways in which DWSRF set-asides and infrastructure project assistance can be used to build capacity at drinking water systems. The topic of this webinar is to discuss how the DWSRF can be leveraged to address the challenges of lead in drinking watermore

Environmental Groups Request Comprehensive Action on Lead A number of groups representing children's health and environmental concerns, has asked the President's Task Force on Environmental Health and Safety Risks to Children to develop a comprehensive federal strategy to address lead and protect the health of children. more

Lead found in drinking water at area schools Water from drinking fountains and cafeteria taps in Leon and Wakulla county schools were found to have significant levels of lead, according to tests by two university professors.more 
This Week in Water History
October 27, 1850  Cholera in Sacramento, California. "Alas for Sacramento in 1850, cholera is a disease that thrives in conditions of urban filth. The bacterium can be transmitted from one host to another through unwashed hands or raw sewage. When raw sewage containing the bacteria finds its way into the public water supply, cholera spreads rapidly. Its symptoms include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. The disease strikes without warning. In the course of a single day, cholera can be fatal to a previously healthy person. Perkins wrote on October 27, 'Some have been taken who were to all appearances in good health and have died in a few hours.' Likewise, on October 23, Lord noted in his journal, 'A man walking down J Street last evening, dropped suddenly, and lived only long enough to be carried into the nearest door.'  more
National News
Fla.'s toxic blooms an election issue for Clinton, Trump During the final stretch of the presidential race, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have found themselves stumping on a strange environmental problem: a toxic bloom of algae. more

Alabama sides with Florida against Georgia in water wars  
Alabama, not surprisingly, is throwing its legal weight behind Florida in an attempt to keep Georgia from using too much of the Chattahoochee River. more

EPA Tools and Resources Webinar on Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS): Current Assessments and Recent Developments EPA's IRIS program provides information on the potential adverse health effects that may result from exposure to chemical substances found in the environment. more

Water Regulations Change As Data Accuracy Intensifies It makes sense that water regulations are written in line with the available means to detect contaminants. The same logic would suggest that as newer, more accurate diagnostic technologies become available, the list of MCLs and the depth of water regulations will continue to evolve.more
State News
Utilities express frustration at new pollution notification rules A new rule required JEA to immediately alert the public about the release of millions of gallons of sewage from treatment facilities that lost electrical power during Hurricane Matthew.  more

State Grant Will Help Springs Marion County's springs restoration efforts will get more than $700,000 worth of help from the state's "Florida First" funding.   more

County to take next step on water plant In what may seem like baby steps, the Polk County Commission last week took step two in the construction of a consolidated water treatment facility in Gordonville off U.S. 17 north of Bartow.  more

Islamorada hit with unexpected wastewater costs Rather than ponying up just $1.5 million for upgrades to the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District's plant, the village recently learned it likely will have to pay twice that amount.  more
Drinking Water System
Maintenance Recommendations
FRWA recommends Regular Water System Preventive Maintenance -- aimed at the prevention of breakdowns and failures. Some tasks should occur weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually.

Below are the recommendations for October.  If you have not already done the recommendations for October, take time and check them out this week to ensure that your system is in the best possible working condition.

October Water System Maintenance Recommendations
  • Overhaul Chemical Feed Pumps (Feeder Head Cleaned, O-Rings, Check Valves & Diaphragms, Worn-Out Parts Replaced)
  • Clean & Inspect Chemical Feed Lines
  • Clean & Inspect Chemical Solution Tanks
  • Calibrate Chemical Feed Pumps after Overhaul
  • Test Eye Wash & Emergency Shower
Wastewater System
Maintenance Recommendations
FRWA recommends Regular Wastewater System Preventive Maintenance -- aimed at the prevention of breakdowns and failures. Some tasks should occur weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually.
 
We will focus on a different recommendation each week. Be sure to check out your fire extinguishers this week to be sure they are working properly.  If you haven't had time to do some of the earlier recommendations for October, now would be a great time to review them.

October Wastewater System Maintenance Recommendations
  • Overhaul Chemical Feed Pumps 
  • Clean & inspect chemical feed lines
  • Clean & inspect chemical solution tanks
  • Calibrate chemical feed pumps after overhaul
  • Test eye wash and emergency shower
  • Inspect fire extinguishers
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