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February 6, 2020
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Just two more sessions remain in the 2020 Focus on Change Sessions.  Next week we travel to  Panama City  and  Lake City  to close out this year's series.  FRWA partnered with the Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to present a session in Haines City on Tuesday and another in Ocala on Wednesday of this week.  With record breaking attendence at each session, this series of sessions are proving to be the largest in the thirty year history of Focus on Change.
We have over 1,000 attendee attend thus far at the four previous locations.  It is still not too late to attend, just click on one of the locations below to register.

FDEP Plant Excellence Awards

Each year the FDEP Districts presents the Plant Excellence Awards to deserving systems in their district at Focus on Change.  FRWA would like to congratulate this year's winners.  Please click on the link to access a photo of the recipient.
Central District
Join us as close out the 2020 Focus on Change Sessions in Panama City and Lake City next week.

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National News
As Iowa caucuses approach, where do Democratic candidates stand on water? Water issues are gaining new prominence in the Democratic presidential race as candidates react to rising public concerns about drinking water pollution, failing infrastructure, and the perceived inability of state and federal governments to fix the problems. more

Chemists propose new reagents for the removal of lead from wastewater  RUDN University chemists together with colleagues from other countries have synthesized new compounds that effectively bind lead ions and can be used to remove it from wastewater and even from living organisms-that is, to play the role of an antidote for lead poisoning. The article is published in the journal Crystals.more 
State News
New Florida bill would lay out guidelines for reclaimed water  | Wink News  Now, a Florida bill plans to set the rules on converting the water we use into something drinkable. Could you ever imagine drinking the sprinkle of ... more

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces State Action Plan for $633 Million in Disaster Mitigation Funding  Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has submitted the state's action plan for the $633 million in first-of-its-kind federal funding for disaster mitigation to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  more

Florida's chief science officer doesn't mince words on climate change  Florida's new chief science officer spoke about the need to reduce nutrient pollution that is contributing to water quality problems and reduce carbon emissions that are warming the planet.  more

Fort Lauderdale to investigate putting brakes on building boom after pipe breaks The building boom in full swing in Fort Lauderdale might just hit a wall as city leaders struggle to contain a never-ending series of sewer pipe breaks.  more

Senate Appropriations Committee OKs budget plan | Florida Politics  The Senate Appropriations Committee OK'd its $92.8 billion budget, which is $1.4 billion more the House plan.  more

Polk OKs $120 million bond issue | The Ledger  Polk County saves up to $7 million on interest costs through a $120 million bond issue that will refinance older municipal bonds at higher interest rates.  more

Bay County awards contract for Water Treatment Plant project | My Panhandle  The Bay County Water Treatment Plant sustained substantial damage during Hurricane Michael. Now, the County has decided to remodel the facility. more

Mercury in dental fillings could be getting into water supply, harming environment | WINK  An ingredient used in dental fillings could be harming our environment!  more

Florida Senate moves to boost environmental fines  Gov. Ron DeSantis' request to boost fines on environmental lawbreakers drew support Monday in its first legislative appearance.  more

Rubio, Scott, Waltz introduce bill to enable more funding for Florida's clean water infrastructure   U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), and U.S. Representative Michael Waltz (R-FL) introduced S. 3211, the Clean Water Allotment Modernization Act.  more
This Week in Water History
Early Leak Detection
February 2, 1918: Municipal Journalarticle. To Complete Water-Waste Survey. Buffalo, N. Y.-On the recommendation of commissioner Kreinheder council has authorized a complete survey of the city's water waste at a cost of about $44,000. The Pitometer Company of New York is to do .the work along the plans followed by it in a partial survey made some time ago. George C. Andrews, water commissioner, estimates that the survey will result in an annual saving of $80,000 in coal bills and of about $40,000 in wages. The city has been divided into ten districts for the purposes of this survey, one of which has been covered. Two others will be completed in the spring.

Commentary: Founded in 1897, the Pitometer Company (Associates) was in business for 99 years and helped cities save untold billions of gallons of water. In 1996, Severn Trent Environmental Services, Inc. acquired Pitometer Associates, Inc.

Reference: Municipal Journal. 1918. 46:5(February 2, 1918): 98.
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