FRWA eNews
September 10, 2020
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Drinking Water Services
For over forty years, the Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA) has been providing technical assistance, training and professional advice to water and wastewater systems throughout the state. We have come a long way since 1979 with two employees to the thirty-six employees that we employee now. No matter how large we get, FRWA has never lost sight the needs of the smaller systems.  We will be there for you with daily questions that will arise to providing assistance in emergencies.

Upcoming editions of FRWA eNews will be reminding you of some of the services we offer. This issue will focus on the services related to drinking water systems.  We have six employees (circuit riders) located throughout the state that are dedicated to only providing technical assistance in every phase of operations, maintenance, and management to drinking water systems.  These circuit riders call on over two hundred systems throughout the state each month offering assistance in water treatment, water distribution, water quality, and compliance concerns at no charge.

For more detailed information on our drinking water services, click here.  To request assistance, email us at or call 800.872.8207 and we will be happy to connect you to the circuit rider in your area. 

Effects of Hurricane Irma
Researchers look at impacts Irma might have had on SWFL water quality

It's been three years since Hurricane Irma hit Southwest Florida. Many community members remember what it looked like after the powerful storm made landfall.

In Irma's aftermath, the region's water quality suffered. It included algae blooms in our waterways and red tide on our beaches at the same time.

We spoke to researchers recently about whether there is a connection between Irma's aftermath and the water quality issues.

John Paeno of CGT Kayaks in Bonita Springs felt the economic effects of the algae in waterways and the red tide on the beach.

"Nobody wanted to come down here," Paeno said. "People were leaving, you know. Several of my charter boat friends, captains, left, they don't work here anymore."

Researchers, including Cynthia Heil with Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, looked into the possible impact Irma had on Southwest Florida's water quality.

"Our question is well, the last two very red tide years, '18 and '05, have coincided with bad storm years," Heil said. "Is there a connection?"

Through a five-year NOAA study, which is now in its early stages, researchers will consider factors that cause bad blooms and what ends them. more
National News
Think 2020's disasters are wild? Scientists predict worse in future | Press of Atlantic City A record amount of California is burning, spurred by a nearly 20-year mega-drought. To the north, parts of Oregon that don't usually catch fire are in flames.  more

Photos submitted for rural water responders more

Generators sent from Georgia funded by the state finance agency Georgia Rural Water Association is providing mutual aid to LA deploying @ENERGY and @GEFAloanfunded Kohler generators to several parishes. more

Florida Rural Water sends personnel, generators, pumps, etc  Last week FRWA was in emergency response mode for the second time in two weeks. more

Representative Tlaib Blames Senator McConnell for Drinking Water Disconnects  On #TheBriefing today, @RepRashida on how the Senate's failure to pass the HEROES Act has put people at risk of water shutoffs. more

Senator Sanders, "How in the world are people supposed to stay home safely during a pandemic when utility companies are shutting their water off?  We must restore service to families who've been disconnected, forgive all utility debt, and freeze future disconnections until this crisis ends. more

State and Local Governments that Rely Heavily on Sales Tax Revenue Face Increasing Financial Crises Cities and states are feeling the financial pain of this recession more quickly than in past downturns after pandemic-induced lockdowns swiftly decimated sales tax revenue that helps fund their operations. more

USDA awards $1.5M to clean up Miami Co. watershed | Pharos-Tribune  Some Miami County landowners will have access to $1.5 million over the next four years to implement conservation projects as part of a federal initiative to clean up the Mississippi River. more
State News
More than 1 million gallons of partially treated sewage released into Manatee River | Herald Tribune  According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, filters at a water treatment plant at 1800 First St. W. became clogged at about 2 p.m. more

A watery enigma: Wakulla Springs now producing more water than 20 years ago | Tallahassee Democrat  The mysteries of Wakulla Springs are a constant challenge to the experts and locals dedicated to protecting what is the world's largest known freshwater spring, south of Tallahassee.  more

Trump Administration Invests $319,286 to Revitalize and Improve Apalachicola's Historic Bowery District  USDA is providing the funding through the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG).  more

Trump Administration Invests $93,000 to Assist Palatka, Florida Businesses  USDA is providing the funding through the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG). more

Hollywood on Track to Eliminate Ocean Outfall by 2025 with Construction of Two New Deep Injection Wells  embers of the Hollywood Commission and city leaders got together for a groundbreaking ceremony last month for two deep injection wells at the Southern Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.  more
This Week in Water History
Category Four Hurricane Struck Galveston TX
A reconstruction of the 1900 Hurricane making landfall in Galveston.

September 8, 1900: On this date, a Category Four hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, and destroyed, among other things, the drinking water system for the city. The storm surge killed between 6,000 and 12,000 people, making it the deadliest natural disaster ever to hit the United States. Basic water service was not restored until September 12, 1900.

Commentary: If you ever visit Galveston, go to the museum devoted to the hurricane. It is hard to comprehend the devastation and loss of life caused by this natural disaster.

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