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October 24 , 2019
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FRWA Launches
New Website
The Florida Rural Water Association ( is pleased to announce the launch of our new website with a brand new look and updated technology in an effort to better serve our members.

Just click on the graphic above to access updated files from the old website and some new features in hopes to keep you informed. If you still see the old website, be patient this is normal with a new site launch. It may take a little while for your browser to catch up with the new site.

The new website will allow you to access all of the information that was on the old website but with additional features that you have requested. You do not have to create an account to access any information on our website. If you would like to register for any event you can always register as a guest.

FRWA does everthing possible to insure your privacy and protect your information. If you choose to create a login, your information will be securely stored (credit card information is not stored/kept) for the next time you login to register for an event or pay your dues.  Click here for complete information on creating an account.

If you can't find what you want or have any issues, please contact us at 800.872.8207 or email

We hope you will enjoy the new look and features of the new website!
SJWMD Springs Cost Share Program
The Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) is accepting project proposals for state springs grants. Funds may be used for land acquisition or capital improvement projects that protect the quality and quantity of water that flows from springs.

The District is committed to assisting its stakeholders in developing successful projects. SRWMD is providing several dates for interested cooperators to meet with the District's Project Review Team to discuss their potential projects, develop priorities, review BMAP projects, the NFRWSP Projects and to ask questions prior to actual submittal. 

* Meetings are by appointment only and are scheduled for October 31 and November 7, and 21 between 1:00 to 5:00 PM. We are allocating an hour per meeting. Should you need additional time due to multiple projects, please let us know.
* Please call Kelly Wooley at 386-362-1001 or by email at to schedule an appointment if interested. Appointments are reserved based on first come first serve basis.

If you would like to submit an application this year, the final project proposals for 2020 SPRINGS grant opportunities should be submitted through the District's online application no later than December 18, 2019.The new application form can be accessed with the following link: FY 20/21 Springs Application Form.  

Any questions regarding the program should be directed to Patrick Webster at 386.362.1001 or 1.800.226.1066 (FL Toll Free) or via email at

National News
Recent EPA Inspector General Report Could Help NRWA's Effort to Allow for Electronic Reporting of Disinfection Byproducts Rule Violation  NRWA is exploring ways the EPA OIG's September report could allow for e-reporting.  more

EPA to Expand Lead Rule Testing to Schools NRWA is analyzing the new Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) proposal, released on October 10th (EPA). more

EPA Turns 50 - Honored by EPA Administrator Wheeler at Case Western U Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Case Western Reserve University alumnus, returns to campus as keynote speaker in a daylong symposium examining the EPA's 50th anniversary.  more

EPA Releases Fifth UCMR4 Data Occurrence Data for the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule. more

Pentagon watchdog agency to examine military's use of toxic 'forever chemicals'  The Pentagon's inspector general is examining the military's use of a dangerous but ubiquitous class of man-made chemicals that has leached into the drinking water of millions of Americans, including many living near military bases across the country.  more 

America's 'green economy' is now worth $1.3 If the U.S. wants to extend economic growth, it should double down on cleaning up the environment and fighting climate change, which are fueling both jobs and revenue, according to a new analysis by University College London researchers. more
State News
Tropical Storm Nestor does little erosion damage to region | Walton Sun Areas of Bay County had already suffered due to Hurricane Michael.  more

Fort Lauderdale demands FPL and subcontractors pay up for major water pipe break that left city dry | Sun Sentinel A 4.5-inch hole drilled into one of Fort Lauderdale's main water supply lines in July ended up cutting off water to thousands and costing more than $500,000 to fix. more

Charlotte County has costly mandatory septic system switch | WINK  Hundreds of home owners in Charlotte County have to switch from septic to the county sewer system, and they don't have a choice. more

Next Florida Senate president puts focus on businesses, water, children  Shortly after Trilby Republican Wilton Simpson was formally elected Tuesday as Florida's next Senate president, he characterized himself as a farmer and an entrepreneur - and not a politician. more

Advocates urge members of Congress to fund water projects in south Florida Representatives from the South Florida "16 County Coalition" will travel to Washington Thursday to meet with members of Congress regarding the funding status of various water infrastructure projects in the region.  more

SJRWMD launches campaign to save water and help sustain water supply District's monitoring program continues to build knowledge to help protect water resources more

Live Oak council votes down sewage increase | Suwannee Democrat An increase on sewage rates and tap fees in the city went down the drain at last week's council meeting.  more

Sanitary Sewer System Rehabilitation Phase IV | Hernando Sun  Alan Schaffer with Cardno Engineering presented to the Brooksville City Council on Monday Oct. 7, 2019 explaining Phase IV of the Sewer Rehabilitation Project.  more

Thousands of gallons of raw sewage dumped in manholes | Daily Courier  Two men have been charged with illegally dumping raw sewage down Florida manholes, spilling some down sidewalks.  more

Gov. DeSantis announces new legislation to protect Florida's water | WPTV  Gov. Ron DeSantis was in Jupiter Wednesday morning to announce new plans to keep Florida's water clean, which is based on recommendations from the state's blue green algae task force.  more
This Week in Water History
Aircraft Drinking Water Regulations
October 19, 2009: Aircraft Drinking Water Rule(ADWR) is adopted by USEPA. "The primary purpose of the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR) is to ensure that safe and reliable drinking water is provided to aircraft passengers and crew. This entails providing air carriers with a feasible way to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the national primary drinking water regulations (NPDWRs). The existing regulations were designed primarily with traditional, stationary public water systems in mind. Some of these requirements have proven difficult to implement when applied to aircraft water systems, which are operationally very different.  Therefore, using a collaborative rulemaking process, EPA developed the ADWR that is tailored to aircraft public water systems. The final rule combines coliform sampling, best management practices, corrective action, public notification, operator training, and reporting and recordkeeping to improve public health protection."

For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here
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Tallahassee FL 32309