FRWA eNews
October 29, 2020
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Putting together ALL the financial and management services you need in one place - FRWA. Already well known for providing high quality technical assistance and training to member water and wastewater systems, we also provide financial and management assistance as a membership benefit.

Revenue Requirements & Rate Analysis 
FRWA's financial team is expert in providing analysis of revenue requirements and determining whether your utility user rates are adequate to meet operational expenses. We recommend rational and evenhanded Rates to spread costs appropriately to customers while encouraging residential and commercial growth. 

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A Cost of Service study is a comprehensive evaluation of the true and proposed costs associated with providing drinking water and/or wastewater services to your customers. Cost based rates can only be achieved through a systematic approach to determining cost (now and future). 

We also provide assistance with a myriad of operational concerns to help you stay effective:
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Trump Administration Invests Over $5.9 Million in Community Facilities in Rural Florida
Projects Will Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for 787,000 Rural Residents and Businesses

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2020 - The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $891 million to modernize rural drinking water (PDF, 465 KB) and wastewater infrastructure in 43 states.

"Upgrading water infrastructure provides a path to economic growth and protects the health and safety of people who live and work in rural areas," USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. "Under the leadership of President Trump and Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner to rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives."

These 220 projects will help improve rural water infrastructure for 787,000 residents. The projects are being funded through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. more
National News
Winning combination EPA: Pair of programs have delivered $9B in funding  The U.S. EPA on Wednesday released 2019 annual reports for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs. more

Louisiana Rural Water Association
LRWA expresses gratitude to FRWA for help with Hurricane Laura more

"Rural Water Source Water Technicians Are Key to Making Farm Bill Source Water Funding and NRCS-RCPP Plans Work"  The NRCS today announced that the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission (NCMRWC) will receive $506,494 in RCPP funds that will be matched with $515,000 of local funding.  more

National Water Organizations to Urge Congress to Provide Assistance   All the major national water utilities association, including NRWA, are crafting a joint statement this week urging Congress to provide assistance for lost revenues for water utilities. more

Environmental Activist, Mayor and Regional EPA Administrator Heather McTeer Toney from Greenville, Mississippi Cited as Possible EPA Administrator in Biden Administration (Bio) Heather McTeer Toney was appointed by President Barack Obama as Regional Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Southeast Region.  more

Michigan Makes Transfer of $102 Million from the State's Clean  Water State Revolving Fund to Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) for Lead-related DWSRF Projects (EPA).U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced $10.7 million in grants for lead service line replacements in Grand Rapids and Benton Harbor, Michigan.  more
 
Wipes-Clogged Sewer Line Causes Ten Thousand Gallon SSO in Beulah, Michigan (AP news). Baby wipes clogged the wastewater system in Beulah in northern Michigan, causing a backup of 10,000 gallons of human waste from a manhole, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. more
State News
A Message From the General Manager of Destin Water Users As Hurricane Sally creeped toward the coast, the staff at DWU expected it to come ashore somewhere further to the west like most all of us thought. Unfortunately, it continued moving east and eventually made landfall closer to home than we would have liked. more

Federal Judge Orders Army Corps To Study Toxic Algae In Lake Okeechobee Releases | WUSF  A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to evaluate the harm to wildlife caused by water released from Lake Okeechobee.  more

FDOH lifts longstanding water advisory in Martin County for high bacteria | TCPalm  It's safe to get in the South Fork of the St. Lucie River at Leighton Park again.  more

Florida receives additional $73 million from Deepwater Horizon settlement | News-Press  The Florida Department of Health in Martin County on Wednesday lifted a warning of high enteric bacteria levels in the water at the Palm City boat ramp and fishing pier. more 

Mexico Beach continuing to rebuild, focusing on infrastructure | WJHG Mexico Beach city officials say to date they've received more than $50 million to help with recovery after Hurricane Michael.  more

DEP reduces Panama City sewage leak fines, works with city leaders for permanent solution | My Panhandle  In April, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection assessed around $145 thousand in fines to the City of Panama City for repeated sewage leaks over the last three years.  more

Florida toll road recommendations draw mixed reactions Recommendations approved this week about controversial toll-road projects planned to run through rural areas of Florida drew mixed reactions from two environmental groups that participated in task forces that reviewed the projects. more

'Lack of institutional control' to blame for cross connection of Delray Beach reclaimed water, report says | WPTV  Review of system comes after whistleblower claims cross connections made people sick.  more

Water main break closes Sarasota intersection | WTSP  The break is located just east of the downtown area.  more

Charlotte Harbor Water Association's (Florida) USDA Project - The Largest Rural Water Project by a Nonprofit in the Country (Sun news)  Residents and businesses in the county's oldest waterfront neighborhoods will see machinery soon in their front yards digging up the earth for new water pipes.  more

FDEP grants Longboat Key extension on proposed consent order after sewage break | Your Observer  The town now has until Dec. 15 to respond to a proposed consent order that assessed $242,652 in civil penalties.  more
This Week in Water History
 Pelton Water Wheel Patent

October 26, 1880: "Lester A. Pelton, of Camptonville, CA, received a patent for a Water-Wheel ('that class of water-wheels known as 'hurdy-gurdy' wheels...the whole reactionary force of the water is utilized'); the Pelton Water Wheel increased water power almost six-fold."

"The Pelton wheel is a water impulse turbine. It was invented by Lester Allan Pelton in the 1870s. The Pelton wheel extracts energy from the impulse of moving water, as opposed to its weight like traditional overshot water wheel. Although many variations of impulse turbines existed prior to Pelton's design, they were less efficient than Pelton's design; the water leaving these wheels typically still had high speed, and carried away much of the energy. Pelton's paddle geometry was designed so that when the rim runs at ½ the speed of the water jet, the water leaves the wheel with very little speed, extracting almost all of its energy, and allowing for a very efficient turbine."

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