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August 30, 2018
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Training for Water and Wasterwater Utilities
To encourage communities to build greater resilience following Hurricane Irma, Florida Rural Water Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are co-sponsoring Flood Resilience: Training for Water and Wastewater Utilities, a training designed for the water sector in Florida. It is estimated that Hurricane Irma caused $50 billion in damage and impacted hundreds of drinking water and wastewater utilities. Hurricane Irma was the costliest storm in Florida history. This one-day training will provide guidance and information for drinking water and wastewater utilities to enhance their ability to withstand a flooding event, minimize damage, and rapidly recover from disruptions to service.

This training will include working sessions on each of the four primary sections of the Flood Resilience Guide, provide real-world examples of recent flood impacts, as well as mitigation efforts to increase resilience and provide information about funding options for mitigation measures that utilities may want to implement. Participating organizations may include area water and wastewater utilities; stormwater utilities; technical service providers; water sector associations; and consultants.  

The training will be held at the following dates and locations.  For further information and to register, click on links below:
For a complete agenda, click here.
FRWA Emergency Services
"So fa r so good" as the saying goes for this year's hurricane seas on.  However, we don't want to speak too fast.  We don't have t o have a hurricane to have a emergency at a utility.  It can be that leak that is causing water loss, lightning strikes, fl ooding, tornadoes, etc.  Just rest assured that the Florida Rural Water Association will be there for you.  Watch the video below about the emergency services that we offer and be sure to contact us at or 800.872.8207 anytime for assistance.

FRWA Emergency Response Video
FRWA Emergency Response Video
National News
Senate approves bill dividing $700M in oil spill damages  Mississippi senators late Tuesday approved a bill to divide  up  $700 million in oil spill damages, setting aside more than  $100 million overall for special projects.  more

Two New Senate Bills to Address PFAS  In other action this week in the Senate, two bills were introduced to help address the challenge of PFAS contamination in the drinking water in various parts of the country.  more

Bill would give $45M for nationwide PFAS testing New bipartisan legislation in Congress would accelerate nationwide testing for PFAS contamination sources and quicken cleanup at military bases.   more

A Year After Hurricane Harvey, Congress Still Hasn't Improved U.S. Flood Policy In the year since Hurricane Harvey battered Texas and other Gulf Coast states, leaving 89 people dead and causing more than $125 billion in damage, many communities in the region have made strides to both recover from Harvey's unprecedented flooding and prepare for the next storm.  more
State News
Water main break floods Orlando neighborhood Discord between Mulberry city administrators and Hinterland Group has turned into a spirit of cooperation to see the project through to completion.  more

Lantana/Hypoluxo Island: Delayed water main project set to end Sept. 30 Although it's making  progress, Intercounty Engineering Inc., the firm hired to install water main pipes on Hypoluxo Island's South Atlantic Drive, remains behind schedule and now has a projected Sept. 30 completion date.   more

Sewer district formalizes GM's contract  Wastewater treatment district commissioners have approved a $207,000 consultancy contract with Bishop, Rosasco & Company for continued financial services and for Peter Rosasco, who has been serving as interim general manager since February 2017, to oversee the district as the part-time general manager.   more

Mulberry sewer project gets back on track A week after Mulberry city administrators issued a demand for Hinterland Group to stop working on the city's sewer repair project, the two sides say they've achieved a spirit of cooperation and intend to see the project through to completion. more

Miami will be underwater soon. Its drinking water could go first One morning in June, Douglas Yoder climbed into a white government SUV on the edge of Miami and headed northwest, away from the glittering coastline and into the maze of water infrastructure that makes this city possible.  more

This Week in Water History
August 23, 1911:  Municipal Journal article. Water Tanks Cause of Impure Water "Chicago, Ill.-Flat dwellers who patronize Lake Michigan for drinking purposes can get a certificate of quality from the City Health Department. Health Commissioner Young declared that any samples brought to the department drawn from faucets in apartment houses will be tested, and if found to be impure orders will be given to the owners of the buildings to cleanse the tanks on the roofs from which the supply is drawn. Much of the danger from drinking water comes from the neglect of the owners of apartment houses to keep these tanks properly cleaned. The regulations of the Health Department require that these tanks be covered and sufficiently protected to keep cats or other animals from wandering into them. In many of them, however, moss and other vegetable matter accumulates. In practically all buildings more than two stories in height tanks are necessary in order to supply water to the upper floors."  more

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