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May 26, 2017
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2017 Legislative Review
2017 Legislature Ends 3 Days Late, Approves $83 Billion Budget

Three days behind schedule, the Florida Legislature approved an $83 billion budget on May 8, 2017. The annual session was supposed to end on May 5th, but legislative leaders didn't reach an agreement on a budget and were forced to extend it by three days. The GOP-controlled Florida Legislature saw its top Republicans snipe at one another and fail to support Governor Rick Scott's top priorities. What the leaders did agree on is set forth below: 
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts.
  • A plan to mitigate an environmental crisis around Lake Okeechobee
  • Raises for state workers.
  • More workers on the front lines to battle terrorism and public health problems like Zika.
  • Expanded charter school options.             more
2017 FL/AL Conference
If you haven't registered for this year's Alabama/Florida Conference you will still be able to register onsite. Please plan to join us for fun, food, and a wealth of information!  For a complete agenda, click here.

There will be a $100.00 registration fee for attendees (both member and non member) and a $30.00 fee for any extra meals.  To register, click here.

If you are having difficulty finding a place to stay, other options that are close by is Sleep Inn on the Beach (Newly Remodel) 251-981-6722 ($215 per night), Double Tree by Hilton 800-264-2642, Holiday Inn & Suites 251-974-1634 ($187), and Fairfield Inn & Suites 251-543-4444 ($159).

Alabama is hosting the event this year.  If you would like to exhibit or have questions regarding accommodations, call Alabama Rural Water at 334.396.5511.
This Week in Water History
May 24, 1911: Municipal Journal articles. 
Drinking Cup Outlawed.
"Chicago, Ill.-Chicago physicians are united in praising the ac
tion of the Council in outlawing the common drinking cup. Under the term s of the ordinance, public drinking cups must disappear by August 8. All cups and glasses found in schools, office buildings, depart ment stores, physicians' reception rooms and all public places will be seized."

Water Cups to Go. "Plainfield, N. ].-The use of the common drinking cup in public places in Plainfield will be a thing of the past after July 4, according to the provisions of the new law enacted by the Legislature, and persons violating the act will be liable to a fine of $25 for each offense. There are a number of places in this city where the law will be effective, such as railroad stations, stores, shops, factories, etc. After July 4 paper cups in slot machines, or some other approved method will have to be adopted, not only here, but all over the State."

Commentary: The laws passed to ban the common cup had some teeth. They seized any common cups that they found in Chicago and there was a $25 fine in New Jersey. Wait a minute. Common cups were banned in physician waiting rooms? Doctors' offices? Where people are sick? Gee, that seems kind of harsh.
National News
FY 18 Budget Request Slashes EPA Funding Not unexpectedly, the Administration's FY 18 budget request sharply decreased funding for EPA by about 30% from $8 billion to $5.65 billion.  more

Dems Propose a $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan  The Congressional Progressive Caucus is planning to introduce a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that "puts a priority on creating jobs and protecting the environment."  more

EPA Finance Forum for Region 4 Small Systems  EPA's Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Finance Center, in collaboration with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, is hosting a finance forum for small drinking water systems in Region 4.   more

Office Manager Allegedly Siphons $850,000 From Water Utility  A former office manager at a rural water utility in New Mexico allegedly stole almost a million dollars from her ex-employer, state officials say. more

British Plan to "Reverse Privatize" the Water Supply Could Save Consumers 25% on Water Rates Jeremy Corbyn: 'Our water industry should be in public ownership' BBC News  more

Pittsburgh's Compliance with the Federal Lead and Copper Rule Results in More Lead in the Water  Partial replacement of lead water laterals by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is endangering the health of city residents, especially children, and should be halted immediately, said Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner.  more

Philadelphia Adopts a New Rate Plan with Monthly Payment Plan for Households Near or Below the Poverty Line that is linked to How Much They Earn: The program will go into effect on July 1.  It will be the country's first water rate based on income. more

Trump May 23 Budget to Include Infrastructure Plan to Rely on Asset Recycling: A White House source said the budget to be released on Tuesday will include $200 billion in federal funds over 10 years to spur investment in the nation's infrastructure. more

California Judge Strikes Down State's 10 PPB Chrom-6 Drinking Water Standard Because It Harms Low Income Communities A judge has struck down California's water treatment standards for Chromium-6 in a ruling stating it's not feasible for low income communities to comply.  more

NRWA Supports Extending the Effective Date of EPA's Revised Risk Management Plans' Rule to allow it to Be Rewritten more

NRWA Submits List of 18 EPA Rules to Repeal or Modify under President's New Initiative more

Senate Considers Federal Help For Communities Hit With Toxic Algae Legislation making its way on Capitol Hill could help Florida communities hit by toxic algae blooms.  more

State News
Water bills give Lake Wales residents a shock When Courtney Schmitt opened her water bill over the weekend, she heard herself gasp a bit.  more

Jackson County BOCC Oppose Deep Well Project  On Tuesday night, Jackson County Commissioners reached a decision on a proposed exploratory well for their area. more

Noah Valenstein is new Florida DEP chief  Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet Tuesday hired Noah Valenstein as the state's new Department of Environmental Protection secretary.  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.

Per FDEP Rule 62-555.350(2) systems are required to flush dead end lines in May.  Be sure that yours are flushed to keep your system in compliance.

May Water System Maintenance Recommendations
  • Flush Distribution System
  • Exercise ALL Fire Hydrants & Check FH Valves
  • Water Plant & Pump House Building Preventive Maintenance
  • Flush Dead-End Lines (Feb, May, Aug & Nov) Required by FDEP Rule 62-555.350(2) or more often
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.
Since the weather is getting hotter, now is a good time to discuss heat related injury prevention with your employees.  Be sure that they are aware of the symptoms to prevent complications.

May Wastewater System Maintenance Recommendations
  • If sludge drying beds are utilized, make sure media and under drains are in proper operation
  • Inspect sludge transfer pumps for proper operation
  • Test eye wash and emergency shower
  • Inspect fire extinguishers
  • Discuss heat related injury prevention and make employees aware of the symptoms
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