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June 21, 2019
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40th FRWA Annual Conference
40th FRWA Annual Conference
40th FRWA Annual Conference
August 5, 6, and 7, 2019
Hilton Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach FL 32118
Reservations:  386.254.8200 or

Back by popular demand, the 2019 Fortieth Florida Rural Water Association's Annual Technical and Training Conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Daytona Beach/Ocean Walk Village in exciting Daytona Beach, Florida with the room rates starting at $112.00 (this rate does not include an additional $8.00 per day for self parking) plus tax. You will want to bring the entire family to take advantage of all the amenities that Daytona Beach has to offer. Hurry and make your reservation early by calling 386.254.8200 (M-F/9-5) or go online at and mention Florida Rural Water to take advantage of the great room rate!

We will kick things off with the Twenty-Forth Annual Carl Hongell Memorial Golf Tournament. It will be even more exciting since it will be played at the LPGA Golf Course!  Click here for more information.

Don't forget to bring your water sample to the Registration booth before 2:00 on Tuesday to participate in this year's Best Tasting Water Contest. The winner will be announced at the Exhibitor Social in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday evening and will have the opportunity of representing Florida in the Great American Taste Test in Washington DC in February.

As always there will be plenty of door prizes to given away and a lot of good food! These and other activities will keep you informed, inspired, and motivated so that we can help you to make sure the future of the water and wastewater industry in Florida is bright.

See you in Daytona!
National News
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EPA Science Advisory Board Meeting Discusses PFAS and Action Items  On June 5-6, EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) held a meeting to hear remarks from Administrator Wheeler, receive briefings from EPA, and discuss opportunities for input on a number of Agency efforts.  more

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ASDWA Submits Comments on EPA's Draft Recommendations for Addressing PFOA and PFOS in Groundwater On June 10, ASDWA submitted comments on EPA's Draft Interim Recommendations for Addressing Groundwater Contaminated with Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)more
State News
Governor DeSantis Signs Largest Environmental Budget in Florida's History Highlights include over $625 million dollars appropriated for protection and restoration of Florida's Everglades and protection of water resources for FY 2019-2020  more

Report: Rising Seas Could Cost Florida $75 Billion Over 20 Years | WUSF
  A new national study concludes that rising sea levels could cost U.S. states more than $400 billion over the next 20 years. And Florida has the highest price tag. more

Advanced wastewater treatment could be coming to Sarasota County | Herald Tribune  The push for innovative wastewater treatment comes on the heels of a controversy that saw environmental groups sue the county for dumping more than 800 million gallons of treated wastewater since 2013.  more

State Sen. Ben Albritton tells area citrus growers: Florida ag under seige | The Ledger  State Sen. Ben Albritton: "Whether we want to bury our heads in the sand or not, whether we want to ignore it or not, agriculture is under attack in the state of Florida."  more

Leesburg's Water Department awarded for improvements  Leesburg's Water Department received the 2018 "Most Improved Water Treatment Plant - Class C" award from the American Water Works Association Florida Section for the city's Plantation facility.   more

Several small Panhandle towns receive FEMA assistance as Michael recovery continues  Several Florida Panhandle small municipalities have benefited from the latest round of Federal Emergency Management Agency grants released.  more
This Week in Water History
First Pracitical Desalination Plant

June 21, 1961 " President John Kennedy pressed a switch installed in his office in Washington DC to dedicate first practical plant for the conversion of seawater to drinking water; built in less than a year at a cost of $1.5 million at Freeport, Texas by the Dow Chemical Co.; capable of producing about a million gallons of water a day, supplying fresh water to the city of Freeport at a cost of about $1.25 per thousand gallons; May 8, 1961 - Office of Saline Water, U.S. Department of the Interior opened the plant; reverse osmosis has replaced large-scale evaporation method used then as scientific advances have produced special polymers suitable for use as filtering membranes."

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