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November  14 , 2019
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FRWA and Raftelis Partner to Provide
RevPlan in Florida
Doing more with less is the reality for today's water and waste  water utilities. Amid increasing regulations, increasing public expectations, and an ever-increasing list of emerging contaminants, public utilities are working to maintain their affordable services while protecting pub lic health and the environment with very little financial wiggle room. To meet these challenges, t he Florida Rural Water Association has partnered with Raftelis to offer the systems of Florida a free online tool called RevP lan.

RevPan that is designed to enhance the asset and financial  management for small water utilities.   The idea behind RevPlan is to provide an online tool for small water utilities to achieve financial resiliency and to maintain their utility assets for longterm sustainability. RevPlan will assist users in identifying the various utility funding requirements over a five-year planning window. These funding requirements include capital funding, operating costs, and debt repayment. RevPlan allows the user  to identify any rate adjustments necessary to meet the utility funding requirements and the impact rate increases may have on ratepayers. Numerous Florida Rural Water Association members have used RevPlan for their utility financial planning and asset management integration.

RevPlan is e asy to use, i ntegrates with Diamond Maps,  "feels" like Turbo Tax, and is financially feasible. RevPlan will help your system to:
  • Replace aging asset management financial planning software supplied by the EPA
  • Strengthen usage of web-based asset management mapping tool (Diamond Maps)
  • Increase engagement with member communities
  • Provide a reality check on the resources needed to maintain these small systems
  • Help communities to qualify for state revolving fund no interest loans
For more information, please click here for a brochure .  If you would like to view a presentation on the RevPlan that was presented at this year's Annual Conference, click here.   For further information, you may email FRWA at or contact the FRWA office at 800.872.8207. 

We hope that you will take advantage of this no cost opportunity to enahnce the financial mangement for your utility.
National News
States Taking the Lead on Drinking Water Regulation Much of NRWA's advocacy efforts since the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act have been focused on the federal level... more

EPA Says It Will Decide on PFAS MCLs by End of the Year   On Thursday, EPA announced its plan for assessing the toxicity of several PFAS.  more

Congressional Activity on New PFAS Law Stalled On Thursday, the Senate passed their version of the annual defense authorization bill which included a bipartisan comprehensive legislative package to address the problem of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in water.  more

ASDWA Releases EPA's Extensive SDWA Regulatory Activity List for Next 3 Years  EPA has committed to making a regulatory determination for PFOA and PFOS by the end of 2019 and will likely include other CCL4 chemicals - EPA must make decisions for at least five contaminants for the Fourth Regulatory Determination.  more

New Hampshire Rural Water's Executive Director Warns of Public Reaction to Hollywood's New Water Movie   Dark Waters (release date November 22), starring Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, and Tim Robbins, is inspired by the experience of Parkersburg...more 

FDA Announces New Method to test for the PFAs in Food  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making available a scientifically validated method for testing for 16 types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a variety of food groups.  more

NRWA and ASDWA  Approximately a dozen state rural water associations' representatives and NRWA staff attended the annual ASDWA conference in Tampa last week.  more

Thank you Senator Inhofe - Chairman Inhofe Drops PFAS  Provisions from Defence Bill Proposal Provisions addressing PFAS cleanup were not included in Senate Armed Services Chairman Inhofe's (OK) NDAA proposal released last week.  more

Plastic pipes inspection methods report now available  The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) has published a new document that provides an overview of non-destructive testing and evaluation techniques that have been introduced into the plastic pipe industry.  more
State News
Clean water project by Army Corps and South Florida Water Management District brings hope | TCPalm Nov. 8, Gov. Ron DeSantis flipped the switch to activate the C-44 reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area Treasure Coast Newspapers.  more

New meeting set in attempt to resolve water spat between Indian River Shores, Vero Beach | TCPalm  
A mediation session between the town and the city of Vero Beach over the cost of reclaimed water will take place Dec. 2.  more

The Applications Are In: Five Apply To Be Century's Town Manager | North Escambia  
Five people have applied for the town manager position in Century, including the person currently working as the town's gas supervisor. more 

Miami Beach waterways restoration flowing ahead | Miami Today
 The Waterway Restoration Project for the City of Miami Beach is finally funded and moving steadily through an exhaustive planning and permitting process.  more

Boil Water Notice issued for parts of Callaway | My Panhandle  A boil water notice has been posted for parts of North Tyndall Parkwayand the surrounding area after a contractor hit a water main at the Butler Manor Apartments on Butler Drive.  more

'Protect Florida' website to be updated, expanded | Okeechobee News  Gov. Ron DeSantis and first lady Casey DeSantis went to Fort Myers and Stuart on Nov. 5 to announce the launch of  more  

The Water Is Already Low At A Florida Freshwater Spring, But Nestlé Wants More | WMFE   In Florida, Nestlé is taking heat from environmental groups and others concerned about the future of one of the state's most endangered natural resources - its freshwater springs.  more

Fate of Apalachicola Bay oysters back in court in Florida vs. Georgia   Florida's decades-long fight with Georgia to get an equitable share of a major regional water source to revive its dying oyster industry is headed to a New Mexico courtroom next week.  more
This Week in Water History
Underground Tanks in New York

November 11, 1990: New York Times headline-State Is Taking Action On Underground Tanks. "Through one of the strictest programs of its type in the country, the State Department of Environmental Protection has forced the replacement of 12,000 underground gasoline tanks that were leaking or were so old that they were in danger of leaking. Now the state is going after the 350 to 400 old tanks it estimates are still in use, including some of its own.

'In the last three years, more tanks have been replaced at gasoline stations in Connecticut than in the previous 30,' said Charles S. Isenberg, executive vice president of the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association.

Unearthing the tanks has shown that more were leaking than the state anticipated - as many as 80 percent, compared with the expected one-third - said G. Scott Deshefy of the environmental agency's underground-tank program.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's coordinator for Connecticut, Jonathan M. Walker, said the program has become a model for other states. Even in cases where the tanks are in good shape, he said, the inspections are revealing leaks from pipes."

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