FRWA eNews
January 14, 2021
Florida Rural Water Association
2970 Wellington Circle
Tallahassee FL 32309
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Upcoming Training
System Operations II/Pace
Workforce Development / Apprenticeship Program South / Southwest Florida
1/2/3 Water Distribution Certification/St Augustine
Advanced Electrical Troubleshooting and Safety Awareness/ Newberry
 Advanced Electrical Troubleshooting and Safety Awareness/ Webster
1/2/3 Water Distribution Certification/Santa Rosa Beach
B/C/D DW Certification Review/Lake City
Online Training
Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker Letter Allowing Passage
We have had water utility personnel voicing concern about the current political crisis and gaining access to their facility in case of an emergency.  We are sharing a template your system can use if an emergency arises allowing passage of personnel, property, and/or equipment.  The template can be customized to suit your system.

CEU Training 
In an effort to offer the operators of Florida an opportunity to secure needed CEUs by the April 30, 2021 deadline, FRWA will be offering a Water/Wastewater Class throughout the state during March and April.  The class will cover topics that pertain to both water, wastewater, and distribution systems and provide 0.6 CEUs to attendees. To have CEUs posted to DEP's website by the April 30th deadline, payment for the class must be received prior to the class, attendance confirmed by sign in sheet at the class, and a complete CEU form submitted.

In order to adhere to the CDC Guidelines regarding COVID-19 restrictions some of the classes below are being held on multiple days in the same location.  FRWA will make every effort to adhere to the CDC Guidelines to keep our attendees safe.
March 8, 2021Punta GordaCharlotte Harbor Event Center
March 9, 2021Pompano BeachEmma Lou Olson Civic Center
March 10, 2021Pompano BeachEmma Lou Olson Civic Center
March 22, 2021OcalaMarion County Ag Center
March 23, 2021OcalaMarion County Ag Center
March 24, 2021Haines CityLake Eva Community Center
April 6, 2021Fort Walton BeachDestin-Fort Walton Beach Ctr.
April 8, 2021Lake CityGateway College
Please be patient as we are still in the planning stages of these events. Agendas and registration are not available at this time. Additional information will be announced through eNews and on our website as it becomes available.
National News
NGWA Submits Comments To EPA On SCOTUS County Of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Guidance NGWA argues within their comments that the EPA's draft memorandum falls short in its mission to provide "focused guidance" to states and industries that may discharge potentially polluted groundwater that eventually flows into surface water.  more

Supercomputer Models Describe Chloride's Role In Corrosion UC San Diego supercomputer simulations show how chloride degrades structural steels. more

Research Confirms Increase In River Flooding And Droughts In U.S., Canada Regional study describes changes in extreme streamflow over last century. more

Impacts Of Climate Change On Our Water And Energy Systems: It's Complicated  A team of researchers from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Barbara propose a framework for evaluating climate change adaptations, provide a case study of California. more

EPA FY 20 Environmental Justice Report Highlights Progress In Vulnerable Communities The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Fiscal Year 2020 Environmental Justice Progress Report highlighting the agency's progress in advancing environmental justice for minority, low-income, tribal, and indigenous communities across the country.  more

Prison Facility Eliminates Frequent Submersible Pump Clogs With New Above-Grade Approach  When a correctional facility underwent a capacity expansion, changes to its problematic submersible sewage pumping station coincided, resulting in a new operator-safe approach to combatting the ills of prison sewage pump clogs.  more

Life Cycle Costs (LCC) For Wastewater Pumping Systems When investing in a pumping system, there is often a tendency to focus on the initial capital investment at the expense of other factors that could dramatically reduce running costs and improve performance. more

How To Prevent Big Water Pipes From Breaking Acoustic monitoring system helps pinpoint problem spots along north Denver pipeline. more

Water Quotes From Song Lyrics For as long as I can remember, I have felt a deep connection between water and music.  more

OMB Releases Revised Schedule for Water System Restructuring Rule  This week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the revised schedule for the Water System Restructuring Rule (WSRR). more

OMB Completes Review of Proposed Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule  On Monday (1/4), the Office of Information and Regulatory Analysis (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a part of the Executive Branch of the President, completed its Executive Order (EO) 12866 review of the proposed Fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR5). more

EPA Finalizes Rule Strengthening Transparency in Science for Regulatory Actions  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the prepublication for the final rule to strengthen the transparency of significant regulatory actions and influential scientific information. more

The New Congress  The 117th Congress convened on January 3rd.  In the House, the Democratic Party retained their majority and in the Senate, Republicans will hold 50 seats, more

Record Number of $1 Billion Disasters Hit the U.S. in 2020  California fires and the Atlantic Ocean hurricanes among a record number of $1 billion disasters that hit the U.S. in 2020. more
State News
Is the water suddenly stinky in Boca? Here's why. | Sun Sentinel  Residents and business owners in Boca Raton might notice a change in smell and taste in their water over the next two weeks or so. more

One-third of America's rivers have changed color since 1984 | Telegraph  America's rivers are changing color - and people are behind many of the shifts, a new study said.  more

Water main break leaves Macclenny residents without water Saturday | News4Jax  A "major" water main break in Macclenny on Saturday left residents experiencing a citywide water outage. more
This Week in Water History

First Recorded Typhoid Case in South Florida Outbreak

January 14, 1973: First Recorded Typhoid Case in South Florida Outbreak. The last major recorded epidemic of typhoid fever in the United States occurred in Manteno State Hospital, Illinois, in 1939. There were 453 cases, with 60 deaths. Sanitation procedures generally have been improved markedly since that time, but despite such improvement the South Dade Labor Camp near Homestead, Florida, developed a sizable outbreak early in 1973 (172 hospitalized, 38 not hospitalized, no deaths).

Intensive investigation of the water supply and of the sewage system was begun immediately. A number of suspicious findings were observed. These systems had originally been installed about 1940, and were replaced in 1969. The water was supplied from two wells. The first suspicious finding was that these wells were reported at first to be 50 feet deep with 38 feet of casing. The well driller's job log confirmed these depths. By sounding, however, an approximate depth of 20 feet was discovered. Later in our studies, we noted that the certificate provided by the state's Sanitary Engineering office had approved the 20 foot depth.  more

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