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November 16, 2018
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FRWA has the following job opportunities available.  This is your chance to join the team at FRWA in assisting the water and wastewater utilities throughout the state.  FRWA offers competitive wages and a generous benefits package.

Construction Project Inspector The Florida Rural Water Association is hiring a full time Construction Project Inspector to assist DEP SRF programs in inspecting storm water, wastewater, and drinking water facilities with SRF Program compliance. This will save water utilities money as they will not have to replace non-compliant equipment at the end of projects at their expense. The position is immediately available and is opened until filled.   more

Water Circuit Rider Position The Florida Rural Water Association is hiring a full-time Water Circuit Rider to provide technical assistance and training to water. This is a professional, exempt position requiring exercise to improve technical, managerial and financial capabilities of water and wastewater systems in Florida.  more

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Michael's Influence on Building Codes
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
November 09, 2018, 10:12:33 AM EST

Following Hurricane Michael's catastrophic damage in the Florida Panhandle, many people are wondering if Florida needs stronger building codes.

One house in Mexico Beach, Florida, was left standing, and it could be because every construction component was designed to exceed building code.

There will be an audit of how building codes held up, but Rusty Payton, chief executive officer of Florida Home Builder Association (FHBA), said his team is hearing that the newer construction fared well.    more
National News
City urges water conservation after main break | Herald-Times  Bloomington officials are asking people to conserve water over the weekend following Thursday night's water main break more 

National Workforce Convening Creates Action Agenda for Water Sector On November 14-15, the National Water Sector Workforce Convening was held in Alexandria, VA.  more

EPA Publishes Draft PFAS Toxicity Assessments for PFBS and GenX On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, EPA published its Draft PFAS Toxicity Assessments for PFBS and GenX for public comment.  more

Lead in Drinking Water Scaring the Public and Increasing Distrust in Local Government:   Newark (NJ): "State officials are warning that children under 6 in homes with lead pipes served by the plant should not drink unfiltered tap water. more

EPA Responds to the 39 U.S. Senators Who Wrote EPA in July Urging the Agency to Follow the Law in Providing Technical Assistance: Last week, NRWA received the EPA response which explains how EPA implements the Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Systems Assistance Act (Public Law 114-98).  more

NRWA at National Lead Service Line Removal (LSLR) Collaborative : Maryland Rural Water Association's George Hanson represented NRWA at last week's LSLR Collaborative formal meeting ( agenda ).  Hanson's concept of an initiative that certifies that a community is lead-free was supported by many members of the Collaborative.

The Argument Against Using the Safe Drinking Water Act to Respond to PFAS in Drinking Water: "Numerous stakeholders, including Members of Congress, have recently called the USEPA to promulgate a federal regulatory standard or maximum contaminant level (MCL) under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for PFAS compounds. more 
State News
FREE SRF 101 Training Session-Pensacola This free SRF 101 training session is offere by Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Water Restoration Assistance.   more

How a project in the Orlando Area is making reclaimed water drinkable Innovative water project could change future of dirty water more

When do Florida's new amendments go into effect? See our guide Voters in Florida approved 11 out of 12 proposed constitutional amendments on Nov. 6. more

Ocala wins $1.7 million settlement in water meter lawsuit With the help of a recent $1.7 million lawsuit settlement, the city of Ocala will be able to replace 10,000 water meter module units that have malfunctioned more

Interactive map gives bird's eye view Hurricane Michael damage When Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle on October 10 as a Category 4 storm, it brought 150+ mph winds, strong storm surge, and unprecedented destruction.  more

Rob Williamson to run water utility | Navarre Press In a move that smacks of more closed-door politics at Holley Navarre Water System, County Commissioner Rob Williamson has been offered a contract to run the utility, a job for which he has essentially no experience.  more

Freeport officials review water bill complaints | Walton Sun The city has had to make billing adjustments for about 15 Water Department customers since the city began converting to a new water meter system last year, Mayor Russ Barley said Wednesday. more

City council approves new water rates | Clay Today   In two separate 5-0 votes, City Council approved increases to water and wastewater rates Tuesday night, citing the need to cover infrastructure costs. more

Wild Side: Cedar Key: Where the farmers wear wet suits | River Falls Journal In 1994 Florida voted to end near-shore net fishing, effectively putting most Cedar Key fishermen out of business.  more

FKAA to go after federal loan program | Key West Citizen The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority has been selected to participate in a federal loan program that could save the local water and sewer utility as much as $10 million more

The Villages finalizes long-awaited 1,127-acre land deal to expand into Leesburg | Villages News The Villages closed on the long-awaited land deal with the City of Leesburg Thursday to purchase 1,127 acres for about $7.54 million more

Jury orders city to pay damages in lift station lawsuit | Your Observer  The city hoped to recover up to $20 million in a lawsuit tied to the Lift Station 87 project. Instead, a jury determined the city breached its contract with a construction company. more

Section of U.S. 1 in St. Lucie County reopened after water main break | TCPalm  All lanes of a section of northbound U.S. 1 that were closed after a water main break this week are reopened as of Friday afternoon, an official said. more
This Week in Water History
November 13, 2003:  New York Times headline -Appreciations, Death of a Sewer Worker. "New York is a mythic place, and one of the most mythic parts of it is the part that nobody ever sees: the sewers. Alligators and giant rats barely begin to sum up the state of our fears about the sewers, when we acknowledge those fears at all. So it's worth remembering how great a joke it is that the New York city sewers should also contain Ed Norton, played on "The Honeymooners" by Art Carney, who died on Sunday at 85."

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