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July 12 , 2019
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Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Recently there has been a lot of press about website compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). There have been cities and special districts in Florida sued over noncompliance. It is your responsibility to make your website compliant and to maintain it for the future.
What is ADA Compliance?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) published the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design in September 2010. These standards state that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.
The ADA differs from Section 508 regulations, which are an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and apply to all information technology, including computer hardware, software and documentation.
Who needs to follow these requirements?
The ADA standards apply to commercial and public entities that have "places of public accommodation" which includes the internet. Currently the guidelines to compliance are very vague. The DOJ is currently determining the specific regulations, however that does not mean website discrimination will be tolerated.   more
40th FRWA Annual Conference
August 5-7, 2019
Hilton Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach FL 32118
Reservations: 386.254.8200 or

This year's Conference is packed full of training, door prizes, and plenty of food! Our agenda includes over fifty different topics so there is something for everyone as well as an opportunity to a earn1.5 CEUs by attending both the Pre-Conference and the Conference sessions.  For a complete agenda, click here.
Our Exhibit Hall is almost sold out! You will want to check it out to see all the latest in inovations that the industry has to offer. Get a hands on demonstration of the newest technology by experts in their field. Our Exhibitors are always more than happy to answer any questions you may have related to their product and your utility.
Carl Hongell Golf Tournament  We will kick things off with the Twenty-Third 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 on the Tournament.
Best Tasting Water Contest  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 to represent Florida in the Great American Taste Test in Washington DC in February.    For more information click here.
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!
For complete information, click here. See you in Daytona!
National News
Device could bring both solar power and clean water to millions  A device that can produce electricity from sunlight while simultaneously purifying water has been produced by researchers, an invention they say could solve two problems in one stroke. more

Source Water Protection Specilaists Visit SFWMD District While attending NRWA's In-Service Training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,USDA Source Water Protection Specialists from across the country visited the South Florida Water Management District.  more
State News
Water main break closes N. Armenia Ave. in Tampa | WFLA  A water main break in Tampa has a major roadway closed and is causing lengthy delays near ZooTampa.  more

Water Utilities Department announces temporary modification to water disinfection process | Okeechobee News In order to maintain compliance with regulatory water quality requirements in the water distribution system.. more

County rescinds boil water notice for Salt Springs | Ocala Star Banner  The boil water notice for Marion County Utilities customers in Salt Springs has been rescinded.more

Port St. Joe storm losses top $6 million and counting | The Star
Nine months after Hurricane Michael the city of Port St. Joe is still tallying the bill.  more

Fruitland Park blesses 25 percent water rate hike that falls below study's recommendation | Villages News Fruitland Park commissioners showed their support during the first reading of an ordinance on Thursday night that will increase water and wastewater rates by 25 percent - considerably less than a utility study recently recommended.  more

Leon County Commission Approves Policy To Aid Wakulla River Restoration | WFSU  The Leon County Commission has approved a new septic tank policy.  more

Frostproof water issues discussed at council meeting | Polk News-Sun  Between June 25 and June 28, Frostproof residents were asked to boil their tap water before consuming it due to a chlorination issue. more

Riviera Beach pays ransom, gets computers back | Palm Beach Post  One month and a $600,000 ransom later, government operations have largely returned to normal after a ransomware attack that paralyzed the city computer system and every department on which it depended.  more

Grady, Leon County Reach Deal Over Lake Iamonia Water Flow | WFSU  Grady County in Georgia has reached a deal with Leon County to monitor water flow into Lake Iamonia.  more

Sarasota's aging infrastructure is set to be replaced and renewed over the next 11 years | Herald Tribune A $298.5 million Utilities Master Plan drafted by Sarasota officials to replace aging pipes and other infrastructure may raise the rates on residents' utility bills by around 50%. more
This Week in Water History
Water Tank Collapses, Man Runs for His Life
July 7, 1909:  Municipal Journal and Engineer article. A DefectiveWater Tower. "A water tank at Vermilion, S. D., which had for some time been known to be weak, fell a few weeks ago and the photograph of this shows very plainly the point of weakness. The tank was 20 feet in diameter and 16 feet high and rested upon a tower 100 feet high. The tower legs had been constructed of 12 x 12 timbers and there were eight 10 x 12 batter posts supporting and strengthening them. Each of the legs rested upon a stone foundation. The timbers forming the legs were all spliced at about the same distance from the ground one-half way up. This formed a series of weak points all at about the same elevation and apparently not sufficiently stiffened by bracing. The tank usually contained at least 12 feet depth of water, or about 100 tons, and for some time previous the supports had been noticed to be bulging at the point of splicing. As seen by the illustration, all of the legs or posts broke at this point; so readily, in fact, that the whole structure folded up like a jack-knife and the tank with its contents of water fell almost directly onto the center of the foundation. The tank itself remained intact until striking the ground, when it burst and was completely shattered."   more

For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here
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