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April 5,  2019
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FRWA has been providing technical assistance for forty years. From training to onsite technical assistance, the Florida Rural Water Association is there for you.  We have grown to 2,000 members and would like to continue to reach out to systems that are not members to join with their fellow systems in enjoying all the benefits membership has to offer.  

If you know of another system that is not a member, you can share the video below to demonstrate our services.

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If they want more information, you can call us at 800.872.8207 or email us at frwa@frwa.net 

If they would like to join up today, they can sign up online by clicking here or if they prefer to pay by check, here is a link to an application that can be completed and mailed in.

If they need any assistance, please give us a call and we will be happy to help.

Again, thank you for your support and we look forward to assisting you with your utility needs for years to come.
National News
FDA proposes new fluoride standard for bottled water, but some say it's still too high The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing a lower concentration level standard for fluoride in bottled water, yet some scientists and environmental groups believe that the proposed limit is still too high and poses a danger to human health. more

Emergency aid bill stalls in Senate over Puerto Rico dispute A massive emergency aid bill for victims of hurricanes, wildfires, flooding and other natural disasters was defeated in the Senate on Monday amid a fight between Democrats and President Trump over relief for Puerto Rico. more

EPA Announces Changes in SRFs Supported by NRWA Past President, Steve Fletcher (IL)  On March 25, EPA announced new guidance for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) including: more
State News
Bill moves forward in Senate aimed at removing lead from school water fountains  Districts have found lead dissolved in drinking water through old lead pipes or lead used to solder copper pipes.  more

EPA Administrator Wheeler to visit Miami to tout new wastewater project   Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will visit Miami on Friday to highlight funding for a wastewater treatment plant and tout President Donald Trump's commitment to flood prevention in South Florida, U.S. official.  more

Florida requests oral argument water lawsuit Florida attorneys want another day in court to argue their case for cutting Georgia's consumption of water that spills across the state line in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.  more

DEP celebrates April as Springs Protection Awareness Month Recognizing springs as a natural resource unique to Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has proclaimed April as Springs Protection Awareness Month. more

10 tips to save water during Water Conservation Month While the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) encourages water conservation year-round, there is extra emphasis each April for Water Conservation Month. more 

Flattened by Hurricane Michael, Florida Town Tries to Stave Off Big Development Nearly six months after Hurricane Michael flattened much of this Florida Panhandle town, Carol Bonanno and her husband are wrestling with a wrenching question: Can they afford to rebuild?  more

Brooksville City Council attacks long list of infrastructure needs | Tampa Bay Times Brooksville City Council members wrestled last year with a fiscal crunch so bad that they disbanded their police department.  more

Florida senator: Filter lead from water in older schools | Associated Press Florida schools built before 1986 would have to install filters in all drinking fountains to remove lead that seeps in from old plumbing, under a bill unanimously passed Tuesday by the Senate Education Committee. more

This Week in Water History
 
April 1, 1915:   Municipal Journal article. Water Storage in Massachusetts. "Boston, Mass.-That the state's water resources are being gobbled up by private interests and that unless some change of policy is immediately instituted Massachusetts will have to face a water famine is brought to the attention of the legislature in a report on the conservation and utilization of waters by the state board of harbor and land commissioners. The amount of water power used by manufacturers has increased enormously in the last few years. For instance, proprietors of Locks and Canals in the city of Lowell consumed in 1912 about 11,620 horsepower, developed from the Merrimac river, according to statistics of the United States Bureau of Corporations. A survey in 1915 by the harbor and land commissions shows that these same Locks and Canals now use 29,911 horsepower.  more

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850.668.2746