FRWA eNews
July 22, 2020
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Florida Rural Water Association
2970 Wellington Circle
Tallahassee FL 32309
Upcoming Training
FlaWARN Virtual Regional Meetings 2020/US Water
Water and Wastewater Training/Daytona
1/2/3 Water Distribution Certification/Lake City
B/C Wastewater Certification Review/Punta Gorda
1/2/3 Water Distribution Certification/Pensacola
1/2/3 Water Distribution Certification/Bradenton
B/C Wastewater Certification Review/Tavares
1/2/3 Water Distribution Certification/West Palm Beach
Online Training
To better serve our membership, FRWA is offering flushing warning signs to be used when flushing hydrants.  In order to accommodate different needs, the signs are available in three different sizes and co nfigurations.

36" x 36" PVC
We have a 36" x 36" sign that is made of 1/8" PVC making i durable enough to used outdoor.  If you already have existing road signs you may want to purchase  our
30" x 30" Decal
 3 0" x 30"d ecal with adhesive backing that can be easily attached to an existing sign.   We also have a convenient 12" x 8" size that can be u sed in small spaces.

12" x 8" PVC
To place and order, click here for an order form to complete and email to

The deadline for you to have your water sample for the Best Tasting Water Contest and your nomination for the FRWA Annual Awards is next Monday, July 27th!


There is still time to submit a sample of your water for the Best Tasting Water Contest, you can mail it to the FRWA office at 2970 Wellington Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32309 by July 27th. Your sample will be judged in the same manner as at the Annual Conference.  Wouldn't it be great to be judged to be recognized as having the best tasting water in Florida and have a chance to compete nationally in February!  For further information, please email

We have EXTENDED the deadline for the FRWA Awards to July 27th in order to accommodate those who may still want to enter.  Awards will be delivered to the recipients by FRWA personnel. If you have any questions, please email
Water and Wastewater Training
August 4-5, 2020
Daytona Beach Hilton
100 N Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach FL 32118

For the safety of our attendees this class is limited to the first fifty attendees. It will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Daytona Beach Hilton in the South Tower, which is large enough to allow us to practice social distancing.  

Please join us at the beach for the opportunity to earn CEUs.  FRWA has a discounted room rate starting at $112.00 (this rate does not include $8.00 self parking rate) plus tax. For reservations, please call 386.254.8200.

Registration will be $50.00 for members and nonmembers for this class.  For more information and to register, click here.
Small Cities  Community Development Block Grant  Notice of Funding Availability
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for non-entitlement units of local government under the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. DEO will make Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019 funding available for the Neighborhood Revitalization, Housing Rehabilitation, Commercial Revitalization and Economic Development program areas.
The FFY 2019 application cycle for all the above-mentioned categories of funding will open on August 19, 2020, and will close at 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on October 5, 2020. The application form, the FFY 2019 Small Cities CDBG program eligible communities list and other relevant information will be available on DEO's website by clicking here  prior to the opening of the application cycle.  more
National News
President Donald Trump Highlighted His Effort to Cut Regulations with Two Trucks at the White House Trump gives speech on deregulating programs during his administration. more 

State and Local Governments Dispute Allocation of $150 Billion Coronavirus Aid State, local governments wrestle over quickly dwindling coronavirus aid, complicating talks on next federal bill.  more

House Moves WRDA Bill  Last week, a House water committee passed their version of the 2020 water resources bill (WRDA) to authorize Corps of Engineers water projects. more

State News
Gonzalo expected to become season's first hurricane
Tropical Storm Gonzalo, which formed in the open Atlantic Wednesday morning, is expected to become the season's first hurricane. Gonzalo, the seventh named storm of the year, breaks a record for the earliest g-named storm by two days.

Miami-Dade to sue makers of cancer-linked chemicals PFAS | Miami Today 
 Miami-Dade is suing the makers of cancer-linked chemicals found in the county water supply and has hired a legal team, including the lawyer whose work for those exposed to the chemicals was turned into a Hollywood feature film, to represent it in an ongoing class action.  more

Environmentalists Sue Gov. DeSantis Over Clean Waterways Act | WJCT  Activists are suing Gov. Ron DeSantis for signing a measure into law that prevents local governments from protecting the environment.  more

Opinion: Rare moment of bipartisanship for water supply and Everglades | Sun Sentinel  South Floridians should pay attention to an important piece of legislation introduced in Congress on July 13 that will protect our drinking water from an avoidable risk, created by a tiny minority that wants to interfere with a federal law that's protected our water for two decades.  more

Cape Canaveral finds more coronavirus in city sewage | Florida Today More than four to nine times the amount of genetic material from the novel coronavirus turned up in Cape Canaveral's sewage on June 30 than was found in the city's wastewater a month earlier, according to the latest round of tests for the genetic remnants of the virus. more
This Week in Water History
Chlorine and a Pet Canary
July 22, 1914: Canary has sore wings. As chlorine began to be used throughout the U.S., some people were convinced that chlorine was bad for them and enlisted the help of their pets' maladies to prove their point. "[In 1914] A Dunkirk young woman blames the poor condition of her pet canary bird on the chlorine solution in the city water supply. For some time she said the bird did poorly, was dopy as she termed it and had sore wings and refrained from singing. She did much cogitating on the matter and finally came to the conclusion that the city water with the chlorine solution might be the cause of the trouble...After a few days [of using unchlorinated local lake water] the bird grew lively and its sore wings healed."

Reference: Evening Observer (Dunkirk, New York). "Blames City Water for Bird's Sickness: Dunkirk Young Woman is Certain that Chlorine Caused Illness of Pet Canary." July 22, 1914.

For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here.
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Tallahassee FL 32309