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March 6, 2020
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Online Training
CISA Insights - Risk Management for Novel Coronavirus  COVID-19 containment and mitigation strategies will rely heavily on healthcare professionals and first responders detecting and notifying government officials of occurrences.    more

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Coronavirus Update Current information from across the state.  more

Coronavirus And The Water Cycle - Here Is What Treatment Professionals Need To Know As the global health community tracks the spread of this virus, it's important for water and wastewater professionals to keep updated on potential impacts.   more

Pandemic Flu Scenario  A tabletop exercise to prepare support staff for an outbreak.   more

Pandemic Flu Presentation A PowerPoint presentation that can be adapted for your facility.  more

Pandemic Influenza Check List A checklist to prepare your system for potential exposure to pandemic influenza.  more

The Water Professional's Guide to COVID-19 The 2019 Novel Coronavirus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness, referred to as COVID-19.  more

What Wastewater Systems Should Know About the Coronavirus The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, has become a growing concern for wastewater and public health facilities.  more

New COVID-19 Resources and Updates: WHO Technical Brief on Water and Wastewater Management, Water Research Foundation Webcast, and More With growing international concern about coronavirus (COVID-19), water utilities should prepare for potential impacts to operations and to respond to customer inquiries about water safety.  more

CDC's COVID-19 webpage This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance.  more

Business Continuity Planning for Water Utilities  The Water Research Foundation, in conjunction with AWWA and U.S. EPA, developed a business continuity planning guidance document, template, and online training video for water utilities.   more

Pandemic Impacts to Lifeline Critical Infrastructure DHS has published a Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Note examining the impact of a pandemic on the lifeline critical infrastructure, which includes the water and wastewater and energy sectors, at the local, regional, and national level, including the effects of absenteeism on these sectors.  more

Risk May Be Elevated for wastewater workers  Highlights OSHA standards and directives (instructions for compliance officers) and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to novel coronavirus, COVID-19.   more

CDC is working across the Department of Health and Human Services and across the U.S. government in the public health response to COVID-19.  more

COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment  There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.  more

FEMA's Business Continuity Planning Suite This software was created for any business with the need to create, improve, or update its business continuity plan.  more
Scholarship Opportunity
The March 31st deadline to submit your application for the Curtis E.  Lloyd Scholarship is fast approaching.  Scholarships are awarded to assist students with tuition, educational fees and/or other expenses. Individual scholarships are will be awarded for up to $1,000.00. Upon completion please submit the application along with a  synopsis of the applicant's educational and professional goals with as much specificity as possible. This information may be mailed to FRWA, 2970 Wellington Circle, Tallahassee FL 32309 or emailed to

National News
Heightened public scrutiny and fear drive PFAS regulation efforts. BC experts tell why  One of the major highlights from the first full day of GWMS 2020 included a session on PFAS and ongoing risks and solutions for landfill operators.  more

Trump administration rolls out water reuse plan  The Hill The Trump administration moved Thursday on a water-recycling push it says could get good use out of more of the wastewater that industries, cities and farms spew out, including the billions of barrels of watery waste generated by oil and gas fields each year. more

Lawmakers grill EPA chief over push to slash agency's budget Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator  Andrew Wheeler  appeared before lawmakers Thursday to defend a budget that would bring the agency to its lowest funding level in years.  more

Water, wastewater, and stormwater bills have been increasing above general price inflation and household income growth rates for decades. Water, wastewater, and stormwater bills have been increasing above general price inflation and household income growth rates for decades.  more

USDA Seeks Applications to Spur Community and Economic Development in Rural Communities 
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA is accepting Fiscal Year 2020 applications for grants to help strengthen the rural economy.  more 

USDA Seeks Applications to Increase Access to Clean, Reliable Water for Rural Households   U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand today announced that USDA is accepting Fiscal Year 2020 applications for grants to increase access to clean, reliable water for rural households. more

EPA and USDA Announce Continued Commitment to Support Rural Water Systems 
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will help rural water systems face the challenges of aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs, limited management capacity and declining rate bases. 
EPA Announces Funding for Grants Under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act  Yesterday (2/19), EPA announced the availability of over $17 million for projects that implement or improve corrosion control or conduct lead service line replacements in disadvantaged communities and $22.8 million for projects that remove sources of lead in drinking water (e.g., fixtures, fountains, outlets and plumbing materials) in schools or child care facilities.  more

EPA Releases PFAS Action Plan  Over the past year, EPA has made significant progress under the Action Plan to help states and local communities address PFAS and protect public health and the agency's Program Update highlights these efforts.  more

State Associations Raise Questions About H.R. 4687  Federal legislation requiring "Open and Free Competition" of construction materials for infrastructure projects.   more

NRWA Files Groundbreaking Class Action Lawsuit Against PFAS Manufacturers: The lawsuit seeks money for testing and treatment along with other damages and penalties from the chemical manufacturers, 3M, Tyco, National Foam, Buckeye Fire Protection, Chemguard, Du Pont, and Chemours.  more
State News
Former Army Corps colonel to run SFWMD ecosystem restoration  Jennifer Reynolds, former deputy commander for South Florida for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has been named director of ecosystem restoration and capital projects for the South Florida Water Management District.more
Senate bill would set $100M annual Florida Forever 'funding floor'  
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal to mandate an annual allocation of $100 million for the Florida Forever program.  more

Florida's Clean Waterways Act not without opposition The Senate's proposed Clean Waterways Act seeks to create a well-built regulatory framework to safeguard Florida's most valuable resource: water.  more

Florida moving ahead to take over federal wetlands permitting Environmental groups cry foul over a developer-backed effort that began under Rick Scott.  more

Florida DEP begins Suwannee Basin water sampling  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is going live with Suwannee River Basin sampling locations on their website.  more

FL organizations awarded $349,979 for water quality projects  South Florida Geographic Initiative (SFGI) Program grants will support protection and restoration of water quality, corals and seagrass in the Florida Keys and Southeast Florida.  more

Crystal River offering rebates for efficient toilets, lawn sprinklers  Crystal River is giving its utility customers a chance to apply for a rebate if they make the switch to water-efficient toilets and lawn sprinklers.  more

City will undertake rate study | The Star
 Port St. Joe Commissioner Scott Hoffman has never been a proponent of accepting an opening offer.  more

Ocean Ridge: Vacuum system the choice of septic-to-sewer panel | Coastal Star  If and when Ocean Ridge's Septic to Sewer Citizens Advisory Committee recommends the town convert to a centralize sewage treatment system, it is likely to suggest using vacuum technology rather than a traditional gravity and force-main system.  more

Aquifer Storage and Recovery wells tested north of lake | Okeechobee News  Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells planned as part of the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project (LOWRP) were on the agenda at the Feb. 27 Water Resources Accountability Collaboration (WRAC) meeting at the South Florida Water Management District Office. more

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Community Services Block Grant - Disaster Relief Supplemental Funds Application Now Available for Public Comment Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the state's application to access $6.4 million in federal funds available to Florida through Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) - Disaster Relief Supplemental Funds that are available as a result of the impacts of Hurricane Michael is now posted.  more

Florida vs New York according to Charlie Kirk more
This Week in Water History
Milwaukee Crypto Outbreak

March 1, 1993: Outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in Milwaukee, WI. From this date until April 28 is generally regarded as the duration of the outbreak of the disease. People in the area receiving the water began getting sick during this period and soon emergency rooms and doctors' offices were overtaxed. It has been estimated that over 400,000 people were sickened and over 100 people died.

"To assess the total medical costs and productivity losses associated with the 1993 waterborne outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, including the average cost per person with mild, mo
Depiction of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts excystation in the gut
derate, and severe illness, we conducted a retrospective cost-of-illness analysis using data from 11 hospitals in the greater Milwaukee area and epidemiologic data collected during the outbreak. The total cost of outbreak-associated illness was $96.2 million: $31.7 million in medical costs and $64.6 million in productivity losses. The average total costs for persons with mild, moderate, and severe illness were $116, $475, and $7,808, respectively. The potentially high cost of waterborne disease outbreaks should be considered in economic decisions regarding the safety of public drinking water supplies."

Reference:  Corso, P.S. et al. 2003. "Cost of Illness in the 1993 Waterborne Cryptosporidium Outbreak, Milwaukee, Wisconsin." Emerging Infectious Diseases . 9:4.

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