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October 17 , 2019
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National News
President Signs Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act Last Friday, President Trump signed into law the Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act.  more

Presidential Candidate Warren Rejects Privatized Water Systems  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday detailed a new environmental justice plan aimed at bolstering and protecting vulnerable communities on the front lines of the climate crisis.  more

Privatization to Solve the Small System Problem  Private water companies recently made the following statement: more

EPA Releases NEW Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) The new LCR was announced on Thursday and according to EPA, the proposed rule "significantly improves the actions that water systems must take to reduce lead in the nation's drinking water... more

Driven by Flint water crisis, EPA issues new rule to tackle lead in drinking water  Partially inspired by the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new rule to reduce exposure to lead from drinking water around the country on Thursday. more

Fast food increases exposure to PFAS, study finds  From the calories to the additives, there are many reasons fast food is unhealthy, but a new study of a toxic chemical called PFAS reveals the packaging that contains it may also be doing harm to our bodies.  more

EPA recognizes 3 leaders in Florida for reducing water waste  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized three partners in Florida for taking action to conserve water by producing and promoting the adoption of WaterSense labeled products, homes and programs at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference. more

EPA administrator says new WOTUS to be finalized by winter  EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler is the latest cabinet member to visit North Dakota. The first part of his two-day trip focused on Waters of the United States rule. 

Study of sewage gives clues about socioeconomic status, habits A team of researchers from the University of Queensland and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research has found that the study of wastewater sewage can provide clues about the habits of people that live in different areas. more
State News
DEP Solicits Proposals for Up to $5 Million in State Water Quality Assistance Grants and up to $3 Million in Federal 319(h) Grants The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is pleased to announce the solicitation for two grant opportunities, combined together in a single proposal request document. more

How to survive when you're under a boil-water order | Sun Sentinel 
 South Floridians are becoming used to not being able to use their tap water. more

Pump Failure At Sewer Plant Prompts Another South Florida Beach Warning | WLRN A weekend sewer spill at Miami-Dade County's Virginia Key treatment plant triggered another round of beach warnings. more

Collier forgives more than $326K in debt for struggling Everglades City | Naples Daily News  Collier County leaders have agreed to forgive more than $326,000 Everglades City owes the county as the tiny city continues to struggle financially... more

Septic tanks in crosshairs of Blue-Green Algae Task Force | Florida Politics The first formal set of recommendations on solving Florida's blue-green algae ailments were issued by a special panel.  more

Septic tanks, agriculture targeted by Florida's Blue-Green Algae Task Force | WFLA  Florida's Blue-Green Algae Task Force has published its first round of recommendations to lawmakers aimed at cleaning up the state's waterways.  more

Citrus County Utilities receives 2019 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award After achieving Partner of the Year three years in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County Utilities with a 2019 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award... more

Thousands of gallons of raw sewage dumped in manholes | Associated Press  Two men have been charged with illegally dumping raw sewage down Florida manholes, spilling some down sidewalks. more
This Week in Water History
Dedication of Glasgow Water Supply
October 14, 1842:  Celebration of the delivery of the Croton water supply to New York City. "Two days before the holiday Hone wrote in his diary: 'Nothing is talked of or thought of in New York but Croton water; fountains, aqueducts, hydrants, and hose attract our attention and impede our progress through the streets. Political spouting has given place to water spouts, and the free current of water has diverted the attention of the people from the vexed questions of the confused state of the national currency.'  more

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