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December 7, 2018
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Happy Friday Rural Water! And also Happy Holidays! As we approach the end of the year, we enjoy more time with friends and family and a few days off from work. This extra relaxation leads to some thinking which may result in people setting goals for themselves to be accomplished in the coming year. Some people set goals related to weight loss, travel and finance. Either way you look at it, the New Year is a chance to make improvements and be better than before. So what can your system improve on in the coming year?

How about energy efficiency? Seems a bit ridiculous to talk about energy when we all work in the water industry, right? Wrong. Electricity is an integral part to the way our plants, pumps, and wells run. Electricity is experiencing a huge boost in public awareness as more green energy options be available. Electricity is the largest portion of a water system's annual budget. The USDA has found that many systems spend the majority of their budget on buying electricity and other fuel sources. This is why the USDA has provided guidelines and funding for select states to operate an Energy Efficiency Program. Florida is one of these states, having started the program in August of 2018.

This program, run through FRWA, offers systems an opportunity to better understand their energy needs, to learn about ways to reduce energy costs, and to find funding for energy efficiency improvements. The program is also FREE to FRWA members. Similar programs can cost quite a bit of money and may involve lengthy contracts. FRWA offers more benefits to these other programs. In addition to our years of expertise working with water and wastewater systems, you also get the help you need in applying for funding to implement energy efficiency improvements.

If you have further questions or wish to be a part of the program please contact Mark Hallett our Energy Efficiency Circuit Rider at or 850.668.2746 ext 121.
National News
Congress Approves Two-Week Stopgap Funding Measure
On Thursday, December 6th, a two-week continuing resolution was passed by voice vote in the House and Senate that should avoid a partial government shutdown at midnight on December 7th.  more

ASDWA Submits Recommendations to EPA for the Fifth Contaminant Candidate List (CCL5)On October 5, EPA published a Federal Register notice (83 FR 50364) seeking recommendations/nominations for the Fifth Contaminant Candidate List (CCL5).  more

Anniversary (Close Enough) of Start of EPA Operations in 1970 Sunday, December 2nd, marked the 48th anniversary of the start of EPA's operations.  more

6 easy ways to save water and money during the holidays  The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is offering six easy ways to prepare for your holiday meals and parties without running up your water bill.   more
Particularly deadly and destructive Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end  The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will go down in the record books because of the storms' intensity, regions that were hit, and the amount of destruction caused.  more 
State News
Untold Florida: Officials Are Actively Working To Dawn Mayberry has lived in High Springs for six years and never drinks the water or allows her family to bath in it. more

Boosting oyster industry tops requests for BP oil spill recovery dollars | Tallahassee Democrat Three projects are seeking millions in BP oil spill recovery dollars to help revitalize the oyster industry in Franklin and Wakulla counties. more
Why pay so much for tainted water? | Apalachicola Times I just read the latest report on our drinking water and would like help in understanding what is going on. Perhaps someone from the water department will respond.  more

DeSantis names 40 to environment, agriculture transition team  Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis and Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez announced Monday the names of over 40 advisers who will serve on the Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture. more

Flagler Beach adds 10 new generators The acquisition of 10 new generators will keep toilets flushing whenever Flagler Beach is hit by a storm that knocks out power for an extended period.  more

Hidden charges on your water bill? Here's something you need to know | WFLA Ed Marchese's water bill contained a little gem.  A $35.15 monthly base charge.  more
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