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May 3, 2019
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2019 AL/FL 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!  For a complete agenda, click here.

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.

Be sure to register by May 24, 2019 to assure your spot. There will be a $100.00 registration fee for attendees (both member and non member) and a $30.00 fee for any extra meals. If you would like to attend please click here.

You can find the latest in information on the Conference on our website by clicking here.
National News
Draft Interim Recommendations for Addressing  Groundwater Contaminated with PFOA and PFOS The EPA is seeking public comment on a draft set of recommendations for cleaning up groundwater contaminated with PFOA and PFOS.  more

EPA Release Proposed Groundwater Cleanup Levels for PFAS Draft Interim Recommendations for Addressing Groundwater Contaminated with PFOA and PFOS. more
JAMA Study Finds Many Kids in U.S. Never Drink Plain Water  On an average day, 20% of U.S. kids drink no water at all, a new study finds - and they use soda and other sugary drinks to make up the difference.  more

Alabama Water Utility's Settlement with 3M for PFAS Contamination Suit Could be $30 Million A north Alabama utility that provides drinking water to thousands of people has reached a settlement announced Friday in a lawsuit against 3M over chemical contamination. more

Report Shows 239 People Sickened in Utah Fluoride Overfeed  A state-required report documenting the health impacts of an accidental release of fluoride concentrate in Sandy said there were 239 cases of human exposure in which people experienced gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and headaches. more

The Loss of Community Water Supply: Good or Bad?  An incremental decrease of community water supply systems supports the effectiveness of local-decision making as environmental and financial landscapes change over the course of time. more

Lawmakers introduce bill forcing EPA to set legal limit for all PFAS in drinking water A bipartisan bill introduced in the House today would require the Environmental Protection Agency to set a health-protective legal limit in drinking water for the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, which contaminate a rapidly growing roster of hundreds of public water systems nationwide. more

Why some say the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale is outdated and should be replaced As Hurricane Florence's winds decreased on its September approach to the Carolinas, the anxiety of meteorologists rose.  more

EPA: $87 million available to improve drinking water for schools, disadvantaged communities Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of nearly $87 million in grant funding to assist states, tribes, and territories with improving drinking water. more

5 reasons infrastructure projects fail - and what we can do about it  Developing nations need an additional $2.5 trillion if they are to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. more

New EPA Tools, Fact Sheet, and Workshop  EPA's Water Security Division has released a new fact sheet Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plans: New Requirements for Drinking Water Utilities, more
State News
Meet Florida's chief science officer. He's a surfer dude, academic and water expert Tom Frazer, now a top water pollution expert, says being on the water every day is a way to learn early about water quality. more

No date yet for oral arguments in Florida-Georgia water lawsuit As of late April, no date had been set for potential oral arguments in the Florida v. Georgia lawsuit over water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin. Supreme Court appointee Paul J. Kelly, Jr. had posted no response to Florida's request in March for an evidentiary hearing.  more

Water quality a priority for county | Gulf Breeze News "Water quality projects are my priority. We need to get the Milton Waste Water treatment project done and the Navarre Beach Waste Water project done. I want to see those ribs in place to get that effluent out of the Sound."  more 

Tribe vows to protect their land | Okeechobee News The Miccosukee Tribe's opposition to the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir could delay federal permitting of the massive water structure, which will cover more than 10,000 acres and be surrounded by a dike that rises 37 feet into the air. more
This Week in Water History
April 27, 1916: Municipal Journalarticle. Typhoid Follows Burning of Filtration Plant. "South Fork, Pa.-South Fork has a typhoid fever epidemic. There are ten people ill with the disease now and a number of suspects are under observation. South Fork authorities say the sickness is the result of people not heeding the warning of the board of health to boil the water during the period in which the water was not treated because of fire destroying the filtration plant. The plant was burned several weeks ago. Circulars were distributed all over the town asking the people to boil all water used for domestic purposes. Ministers and school teachers announced the warning and the newspapers published it. Analysis of the water while the filtration plant was not working indicated possibilities of typhoid. The plant is again in operation and tests show the water free from pollution."

Reference: "Typhoid Follows Burning of Filtration Plant." 1916. Municipal Journalarticle 40:17(April 27, 1916): 590. more

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