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July 26 , 2019
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40th FRWA Annual Conference
August 5-7, 2019
Hilton Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach FL 32118
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It is hard to believe that this year the Florida Rural Water Association celebrates its 40th year! We've come a long way from the original incorporation to being 2,000 members strong!  We hope that you will join us as we celebrate forty years of advocating and servicing the water and wastewater utilities of Florida at the Fortieth Annual FRWA Annual Conference

With a sold out Exhibit Hall of over 100 booths and over fifty training topics to choose from, this Conference is well on it's way to exceeding all expectations! The Conference is packed full of training, door prizes, and plenty of food! There is something for everyone as well as an opportunity to a earn 1.5 CEUs by attending both the Pre-Conference and the Conference sessions. For a complete agenda, click here.

We will kick things off with the Twenty-Fourth Annual Carl Hongell Memorial Golf Tournament. It will be even more exciting since it will be played at the LPGA Golf Course! Click here for more information on the Tournament.

Don't forget to bring your water sample to the Registration booth before 2:00 on Tuesday to participate in this year's Best Tasting Water Contest. The winner will be announced at the Exhibitor Social in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday evening and will have the opportunity to represent Florida in the Great American Taste Test in Washington DC in February. For more information click here.

These and other activities will keep you informed, inspired, and motivated so that we can help you to make sure the future of the water and wastewater industry in Florida is bright!  

For complete information, click here. See you in Daytona!
National News
Gulf of Mexico just endured its hottest June ever, new report says  The Gulf of Mexico just had its hottest June since the federal government began keeping records 110 years ago, according to a new report on global land and ocean temperatures from American scientists. more

Get ready for new forms of extreme weather: Hurricanes plus heat waves 
Most discussion of climate change and extreme weather focuses on how existing weather hazards such as heat waves, floods, and droughts are likely to become more frequent and intense. more

EPA Starts UCMR5  
Development of the Proposed Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule for the Fifth Monitoring Cycle (UCMR 5) more

EPA In-depth Analysis of Stage 2 DBPR Drinking Water Requirements for States and Public Water Systems  more

EPA Announces Policy to Improve Enforcement and Compliance by Partnering with States As part of the EPA's ongoing efforts to create more effective partnerships with states, localities, and federally-recognized Indian tribes, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) is issuing this policy on Enhancing Effective Partnerships Between the EPA and the States in Civil Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Work. more

Special Single Issue Edition: The Senate's Comprehensive PFAS Legislation After months of consideration and bipartisan negotiation, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee last week marked up and unanimously passed via bipartisan agreement a comprehensive PFAS legislative package, the PFAS Release Disclosure and Protection Act of 2019 (S. 1507), to respond to growing public concerns about PFAS.  more

House OK's defense bill declaring PFAS chemicals hazardous under Superfund law The U.S. House on Friday approved in a 220-197 vote a defense authorization bill with a provision by two Michigan Democrats that would designate all toxic fluorinated chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund program within a year.  more
State News
Cabinet OKs land purchase to help protect Wakulla Springs | Northwest Florida Daily News The acquisition represents a successful multi-agency public and nonprofit partnership between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Forest Service, Florida Forest Service and Conservation Florida Inc. to protect water quality within the Wakulla Springs Basin. more

More than 440,000 gallons of sewage spills near Venice | Herald Tribune A contractor working on a new subdivision hit a pipe while digging, the state reports. more

Rep. Randy Fine to hold town hall meeting on Melbourne water situation | Florida Today Rep. Randy Fine plans to clear the air about Melbourne's drinking water, which some customers say smells strange, lately, like mold. more

Gainesville asks: Who's flushing mopheads down the toilet? | Gainesville Sun Officials with GRU, the city-owned utility, say an utterly avoidable problem is wreaking havoc on its wastewater system. more

Lawmaker looks to replace water filters in over 100 schools to lower lead levels A state senator from Hillsborough County has launched a campaign to raise enough money to replace the water filters in more than 100 schools in an effort to lower lead levels in drinking fountains. more

Governor DeSantis announces millions for rural Florida communities Governor Ron DeSantis announced $16.2 million in awards for 24 small and rural communities across the state through the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. more

Janet Cruz's 'Get the Lead Out' initiative installs first water filters in school "There's really no price tag on children's health," Cruz said of her initiative. more

Mosaic, Polk County report waste spillages | Polk News-Sun  Two Polk County pollution incidents were reported to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently. more

Bonita Springs might buy homes in neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Irma | Naples Daily News Homeowners in flood-prone neighborhoods in Bonita Springs might be able to sell their properties through a voluntary buyout program run by the city. more

Fort Lauderdale: Contractor who broke water main wasn't digging where it told us | Sun Sentinel Fort Lauderdale never warned a contractor that a critical water line lay buried where workers planned to dig last week, a report shows, but city officials say that's because the contractor supplied the wrong address. more

Bay needs more fresh water, board told | Key West Citizen  Florida Bay must receive more fresh water to stem the tide of "a cascading set of disturbances," researchers told the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission last week. more

UPDATE: Tropical Depression 3 dissipates off Florida coast | Star-News Online  Remnants of the storm expected to be off the coast of Wilmington by 2 a.m. Wednesday. more

St. Augustine Testing May Affect Water's Taste Or Smell | WJCT St Augustine residents may be wondering why their tap water suddenly has more of a chlorine taste or smell. more

$1.5M Palatka Project Aimed At Improving St. Johns River Water Quality | WJCT The St. Johns River Water Management District is funding a $1.5 million project in Palatka to improve the quality of stormwater discharges to the St. Johns River. more

Tampa Bay Water wants to know where to build new water pipeline | ABC Action News  Tampa Bay Water is planning to construct a new water transmission pipeline. more
This Week in Water History

French Water Filter Patent Issued

July 23, 1800:  French patent granted to James Smith, 'Citizen' Ciuchet and Denis Monfort for an elaborate filtration device consisting of layers of wool, 2 inches crushed sandstone, 12 inches coarse powdered charcoal pressed into a solid with river sand, and 12 inches of sand or crushed sandstone.

"In 1800, the basic Smith-Cuchet-Montfort patent was granted by France and, in 1806, the Quai des Celestins filters, which operated for a half century or more, were established in Paris. James Smith, a gunsmith from Glasgow, for a short time helped Richard Younger of Edinburgh, formerly a brewer, to assemble filters, the manufacture of which Younger began in or about 1795. These filters, wrote John Wilson, in 1802, were the most remarkable of the devices proposed up to that time to purify water by the use of charcoal, in accordance with the proposals of Lowitz (see Chap. 111) and others.

Smith, having brought the Lowitz process to the attention of the French Minister of Marine "as an important secret," says Rochon, was sent to Brest. Numberless experiments were made there in the presence of twelve representatives of different branches of the Marine Department. An official report on the experiments was made in 1798. Smith went to Paris and, with others, took out a filter patent."

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