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February 20, 2020
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The 2020 Focus on Change is added to the FRWA legacy of presenting informative and successful training sesssions to the industry professionals throughout the state.  This year was celebrated as the thirtieth anniversary of the partnership between FRWA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  We hosted over 1500 attendees at the different locations.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Take a look at some of the highlights of this year's sessions by clicking on the grapic below.
We hope that you were able to attend but f you couldn't make it,  you can access the information presented at the sessions on our website by clicking  here .

In addition to the presentations, FDEP presented awards  to facilities that demonstrate excellence in operation, maintenance, innovative treatment, waste reduction and pollution prevention, recycling, or other special achievements.  Congratulations to each of this year's recipients.  For a complete list and photo of this year's awards, click here.

Again, thank you to each and everyone of you for your participation in making this year's Focus on Change a success.  Make plans to attend next year as our journey continues in our partnership with the DEP.
National News
Senator Shaheen (NH) Asks for Rural Water Comments on New PFAS Legislation  The bill, likely to be introduced in the Senate soon, would increase the funding available for the drinking water state revolving fund to $1 billion per year, and extend the program through 2029 - a total increase of $10 billion over the next decade.  The eligible use of funds is also extended to the testing and treatment of private wells. 

Chairman Barrasso's (WY) Resolve Is Strong Wyoming Rural Water met with the main U.S. senator standing up for rural and small communities and preventing legislation to require PFAS becoming a Superfund level regulation from passing.  more

NRWA Comments on EPA Lead and Copper Rule Revisions  NRWA shares the EPA's goal of eliminating all lead from the public's drinking water.  more

Understanding State Requirements for America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) Section 2018  This webinar will discuss the requirements under America's Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) Section 2018.  more

EPA Announces $2.7 Billion for SRFs Infrastructure Act Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $2.7 billion for State Revolving Funds (SRFs). This funding assists states, tribes and territories with infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the United States.  more
State News
Florida fines Fort Lauderdale $1.8 million for sewage spills | Associated Press  The state of Florida is fining the city of Fort Lauderdale $1.8 million for a series of massive sewage spills that have sent sent toxic sewage onto streets and into waterways since December.  more

Here's a city that's trying to stave off Fort Lauderdale's sewer mess | Sun Sentinel  Here's a city that's trying to stave off Fort Lauderdale's sewer mess | Sun Sentinel  more

Melbourne builds biggest baffle box east of Mississippi River to reduce lagoon pollution | Florida Today  Crews are constructing the hefty baffle box at Cliff Creek just south of Unity of Melbourne off U.S. 1, south of Lake Washington Road.  more

Opinion: What are biosolids and how are we disposing of them? | Florida Today  Isadora Rangel discusses the Indian River Lagoon with MJ Waters, past char of the Indian River Lagoon Coalition.  more

Everglades City gets $295K state grant to patch up failing sewage plant | Naples Daily News  Everglades City will receive $295,000 in state funds to patch up its failing sewage plant, another step forward for the small town as it tries to resolve struggles with the facility.  more

Contractor Hits Water Main On Nine Mile Road | North Escambia  A 16-inch water main was hit by a contractor working near the Kangaroo Express on Nine Mile Road at I-10 Thursday morning, according to ECUA. The contractor worked to make the necessary repairs.  more

Florida House plan would allow tourist tax money to be used for water quality projects  The Florida House Ways & Means Committee reviewed a wide range of state tax revisions that are certain to be unpacked and dissected over the last month of the legislative session, which is set to adjourn March 13.  more

Florida wants more time in latest water wars development in Supreme Court At Florida's request, the U.S. Supreme Court has given Georgia and Florida more time to file briefs responding to a special master's report ruling against Florida.  more
This Week in Water History
Sewer Pipe Failures
Broken Clay Pipe
February 15, 1917: Municipal Journal editorial. Sewer Pipe Failures. "There is probably no type of structure or kind of material that was not at some time figured in a more or less complete failure. In most cases such failure is due to carelessness or ignorance in the use of the material and not to the fault of the material as such. Concrete bridges have failed, so have steel and wooden ones; yet each properly used has given most satisfactory service in hundreds of cases to one in which it has failed.

The same comments apply to the failures of sewer pipe described in this issue. Thousands of miles of vitrified pipe and hundreds of miles of cement pipe (the latter having come much more recently into general use) have given and are giving satisfaction in the sewerage systems of this and other countries. That there have been failures is only a repetition of the history of all materials. But it is desirable to occasionally call attention to such failures as a caution against careless or ignorant use of the materials, or to enlist all those interested in a study of the cause of the failure.   more
For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here
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