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April 12,  2019
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For the past few months the Florida Rural Water Association has been updating a section of the FRWA Warehouse in Cairo, Georgia to better suit the needs of our members.  The over 2000 square foot renovation includes a classroom with state of the art technology that will accomodate more than fifty attendees. 

When not in use as a classroom the area can be transformed into a maintenance facility for emergency response equipment.  It can also be used in times of disaster relief as a coordination center for equipment distribution.

If you would like to take a quick tour, click on the slide show below.  FRWA appreciates the loyal support of our members that made the vision a reality.

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Alabama/Florida Joint Conference

The Alabama/Florida Joint Technical Training Conference has been scheduled for May 28-30, 2019 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Presented by Alabama Rural Water and Florida Rural Water, this year's Joint Conference promises to be more informative and exciting than ever! We will have the latest in industry information available in our Exhibit Hall with over sixty exhibitors. The topics covered in our training sessions will bring you up to date on the pressing issues in the water and wastewater field. Of course, as with any Rural Water event, there will be plenty of food! Please plan to join us for fun, food, and a wealth of information!

The conference will be held at The Lodge, 21196 East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542. Call 251-540-4000 for reservations. The Group Code is Alabama Rural Water Association. You will want to join us for training opportunities in both water and wastewater sessions. You will also enjoy the Exhibit Hall filled with products and services of interest.

There will be a $100.00 registration fee for attendees (both member and non member) and a $30.00 fee for any extra meals. To register, click here.  For a complete agenda, click here.

For more information, click here.
National News
U.S. House approves Local Water Protection Act to increase money for clean-water projects | Florida Today  The U.S. House has agreed to increase the amount of money in a federal fund Space Coast municipalities have used to help pay for water-cleaning projects.  more

Bipartisan Florida Delegation Stands Behind Fully Funding Everglades Restoration | South Dade News Leader  Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) led two letters to the House Appropriations Committee, urging House appropriators to fully fund Everglades restoration and water quality infrastructure projects. more
State News
Opinion: Algae's link to septic tanks languishes while legislators look at election bills | TCPalm  Understanding that we're only a little past the halfway point of the session and that things can change swiftly in the waning days, we're struck by a dichotomy in the Florida Legislature.  more

Jacksonville engineer Raynetta Marshall hired to lead city's public works department  After a nationwide search, the city has hired a Jacksonville engineer to lead the city's Underground Utilities and Public Infrastructure Department.  more

Federal Loan To Save Miami-Dade Millions On Sewage Treatment | WLRN  Plans to end a decades-old practice of flushing treated sewage offshore in Miami-Dade County got an assist from the federal government Friday with the award of a nearly $100 million low-interest loan.  more

10 tips to save water for Water Conservation Month | Polk News-Sun  The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) encourages water conservation year-round, but an extra emphasis is made each April for Water Conservation Month.  more

Some septic bills moving forward would require routine inspections of onsite tanks | News-Press  Some bills aimed at cleaning up pollution from old and leaky septic tanks are making their way through subcommittees in Tallahassee while others are floundering. more
This Week in Water History
April 6, 1916: Municipal Journalarticles.   "Three Sue City for Typhoid Deaths. Milwaukee, Wis.-Three suits brought against the city of Milwaukee as a result of the recent typhoid epidemic, have been filed in circuit court, by two men for the deaths of their sons, and by a woman for the death of her husband. They are for $10,000 each. The complainants claim that the victims contracted the disease from the use of lake water, alleged to be unfit to drink because of the sewage which is being constantly emptied into the lake. The suits charge negligence in allowing the water to become polluted and at the same time supplying it to drink. It is claimed that at various times during the last ten years the city officials have been notified of the condition of the water, but that no attention has been paid to the warnings."  

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