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November 17, 2018
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Fighting for Local Control in Determining Materials Used!
The Florida Rural Water Association supports the replacing of aging infrastructure with materials that are approved, but we are opposed to anyone telling the water and wastewater utilities what type of approved material they have to use. FRWA feels that the type of materials ie. PVC, Iron, etc. should be a local utilities decision as long as they use approved materials.
$300 Billion War Beneath the Street: Fighting to Replace America's Water Pipes 

Bursting pipes. Leaks. Public health scares.

America is facing a crisis over its crumbling water infrastructure, and fixing it will be a monumental and expensive task.

Two powerful industries, plastic and iron, are locked in a lobbying war over the estimated $300 billion that local governments will spend on water and sewer pipes over the next decade.

It is a battle of titans, raging just inches beneath our feet.

"Things are moving so fast," said Reese Tisdale, president of the water advisory firm Bluefield Research. And it's a good thing, he says: "There are some pipes in the ground that are 150 years old."

How the pipe wars play out - in city and town councils, in state capitals, in Washington - will determine how drinking water is delivered to homes across America for generations to come.

Traditional materials like iron or steel currently make up almost two-thirds of existing municipal water pipe infrastructure. But over the next decade, as much as 80 percent of new municipal investment in water pipes could be spent on plastic pipes, Bluefield predicts.
By 2020, the average age of the 1.6 million miles of water and sewer pipes in the United States will hit 45 years. Cast iron pipes in at least 600 towns and counties are more than a century old, according to industry estimates. And though Congress banned lead water pipes three decades ago, more than 10 million older ones remain, ready to leach lead and other contaminants into drinking water from something as simple as a change in water source.

As many as 8,000 children were exposed to unsafe levels of lead in Flint , Mich., after the city switched to a new water supply but failed to properly treat the water with chemicals to prevent its lead pipes from disintegrating. Corroding iron pipes, meanwhile, have been linked to two outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease in Flint that added to the public health emergency.   more
This Week in Water History
My how times have changed. Bottled water is given failing marks these days because of the cost and impact on the environment. Good old tap water gets high marks, but this was making the news in 1991.

No vember 11, 1991 : New York Times headline-It's Wet, Free and  Gets No Respect. "In the tea department of Fortnum & Mason, which has guided the palates of England for 300 years, a few rules must never be broken: drink only premium blends; keep air out of the canister, and  brew your beverage with the finest water available - New York City's if possible .
 
It may surprise the people who live in the city, having turned to bottled water in numbers that mystify even those who are paid to sell it, but New York's tap water remains  a s good as it gets. Just ask an  expert.

'Naturally, there are many fine reasons to visit New York,' said Eugene Hayes, director of the tea department at Fortnum & Mason in London, which among its dozens of specialty
offerings carries a dark Ceylon brand called New York Blend. 'But I would have to say one of the best is the water.'

For generations, New Yorkers rejoiced in the high quality of their drinking water, which runs swiftly and practically untouched to their faucets from the peaks of the Catskills 100 miles away. But that trust has disappeared during the last 10 years, eroded by an epidemic of nervousness that has left many people convinced that water with a label has to be better than water from a pipe."
National News
EPA and Army Propose to Amend Effective Date for Waters of the US Rule  The EPA and the Army are proposing to amend the effective date of the 2015 rule defining "Waters of the United States," to two years after today's action is finalized and published in the Federal Register (FR). EPA and the Army are taking this action to consider additional stakeholder input and options for providing certainty  more

NRWA and US Department of Labor Launch an Apprenticeship Program  On November 14, in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) and the US Department of Labor (DOL) signed an agreement that launches a nationwide apprenticeship program. The NRWA WaterPro Apprenticeship Program, tailored to water and wastewater system operations specialists, is now a nationally-recognized standard with the DOL.   more

Documents: US Steel sought to keep chemical spill
secret   Environmentalists are questioning why the public wasn't notified about an October chemical spill into a Lake Michigan tributary that U.S. Steel asked Indiana regulators to keep confidential.  more

EPA Drought Guide Now Includes Response Template   EPA's Drought Guide, originally published in March of 2016, is an interactive tool designed to assist small- to medium-sized water utilities with responding to drought.  more 

Scientists fear red tide bloom may be lingering offshore   Sick cormorants, a sign that red tide is in the area. The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife is starting to treat more birds affected with the toxin.  more

Denver voters mandate environment-friendly roofs   Denver has become the latest city to require rooftop gardens or solar panels on big new buildings.  more

Disneyland shuts cooling towers after Legionnaires' cases Disneyland has shut down two cooling towers after people who visited the Southern California theme park came down with Legionaires' disease.   more
State News
The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is currently accepting project proposals for the District's Summer 2018 cycle RIVER and SPRINGS projects  here

Hurricane Irma exposes weaknesses in Central Florida sewer system
s  Hurricane Irma was a powerful force of nature, knocking out power, damaging buildings, toppling trees and exposing weaknesses in several Central Florida sewer systems. more

Bonifay address water concerns  Bonifay City Council members discussed the recent water issue faced by town residents when the board met in regular session November 13.  more

A pollution alarm for Everglades after Floridas super wet year, but how bad is it?  Water flowing into Everglades National Park during the wettest rainy season on record, along with a powerful hurricane, exceeded court-ordered limits for marsh-killing phosphorus, the South Florida Water Management District revealed this week.  more

Lake Okeechobee reservoir: SFWMD to pay Army Corps $1.5 million to help with planning  The South Florida Water Management District board agreed Thursday to pay the Army Corps of Engineers up to $1.5 million for "technical assistance" to help with planning the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.  more
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