FRWA eNews
October 15, 2020
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Tallahassee FL 32309
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2020 FRWA
Award Winners
Click here or on the image above to see the "best of the best" in the state of Florida. While operators and systems in the state are still struggling to deal with COVID-19, there is still water to keep safe. 

Since 1990, FRWA has presented these awards to recognize the hardworking operators and systems that go above and beyond at our Annual Conference.  This year's Conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis and we were forced to rethink the process.  FRWA employees traveled to locations throughout the state to present them in person and when that was not possible, they were presented virtually.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners.  We would like to proclaim all of you and your systems "Utility Heroes".
SRWMD Announces Two Funding Grant Opportunities
The Suwannee River Water Management District is pleased to announce the FY 2021/2022 Springs and AWS funding grant opportunities and pre-application meetings
The District is committed to assisting its stakeholders in developing successful projects.
Therefore, the District is providing several dates for interested cooperators to meet VIRTUALLY with the District's Project Review Team to discuss their potential projects, develop priorities, review BMAP projects, the NFRWSP Projects and to ask questions prior to actual submittal.
  • Meetings are by appointment only and are scheduled for October 22, 29;  November 5 , 12, 19 and 26 ; and December 3, 2020 between 1:00 to 5:00 PM. We are allocating an hour per VIRTUAL meeting.  Should you need additional time due to multiple projects, please let us know.
  • Please call Kelly Wooley at 386-362-1001 or by email at to schedule an appointment if interested. Appointments are reserved based on first come first serve basis.  more
National News
EPA Begins Administering Voluntary COVID-19 Water Sector Survey To support continued water sector resiliency, EPA is conducting a voluntary survey to better understand how drinking water and wastewater utilities across the country have been affected-operationally and financially-by COVID-19.  more

EPA Releases America's Water Workforce Initiative  This week, EPA released America's Water Workforce Initiative, a two-year effort involving many partners across the water sector and signals a call to action for stakeholders to come together to address workforce challenges.  more

House Democrats Ask CDC to Halt Water Shutoffs during the Pandemic   Two Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform asked the federal government's top public health agency to suspend water service disconnections nationwide as a means of slowing the spread of Covid-19.  more

Rural Water Associations Respond to Hurricane Delta On Saturday, Jimmy Mathews with Georgia Rural Water (GRWA) reported, "GRWA staff will finalize equipment preparation & packing today and tomorrow for deployment back to Louisiana and Mississippi. more

NRWA Will Participate in this Week's EPA Meeting to Solicit Input on Expanding the Disinfection Byproducts Rule to Eight New Candidates EPA is hosting a virtual public meeting on October 14-15, 2020 to solicit input on further improving public health protection from microbial contaminants and disinfection byproducts (MDBPs) in drinking water.  more

Many Cities and States Using CARES Act Funding to Pay Consumers' Water Bills On October 19, an expert panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a meeting to discuss a federal agency's review of the toxicity of fluoride. more
State News
Corps of Engineers starts releases from Lake Okeechobee to east and west | Okeechobee News  "Today we are initiating releases," Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in a media conference call Wednesday afternoon. more 

$200,000 in 'mini-grants' available for Northwest Florida environmental projects | Pensacola News Journal  A new estuary program is providing $200,000 in grants to help launch projects that improve the local environment. more 

Protect our water supply | Navarre Press  Water is the only resource we cannot live without. History documents that many people, given adequate access to water, have survived for more than a month with no food.  more

'Poop doesn't lie': JEA researchers find coronavirus levels 10,000 times higher with new solids sampling method | First Coast News  High levels of the virus prove JEA's new sewage sampling method is a success - but the testing will stop as a result, while science catches up.  more
This Week in Water History
October 9, 1860: New York Times headline-Cheap Water. "It would not be easy to exaggerate the importance of a bountiful supply of pure water to the general health and comfort of cities and large towns. But no sooner does this first principle of civilization assume the practical shape of costly water works, suited to the prospective wants of our growing towns, than lo! the reservoirs are but half full, and the engineers are threatening us with new reservoirs, aqueducts, engines - and taxation. It is only a few years ago that New-York celebrated the introduction of the copious and inexhaustible Croton; what is the hydraulic condition of its streets and houses to-day? Fountains as dry as the desert - hydrants that were to throw their full streams to warehouse tops, scarcely able to expand a hose; penurious drippings in the second stories of dwellings, and the dry whistle of air entering a vacuum, in the upper rooms; manufacturers taxed for water to an amount almost equal to the rent of their buildings; news columns filled with appeals to good citizens to refrain from the excessive use of water; official reports acknowledging the utter inability of the Department to check the enormous drain on the reservoirs. more

For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here.
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2970 Wellington Circle
Tallahassee FL 32309