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May 8,  2020
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GATOR TAKES A SWIM IN CCC
On Monday of this week, Tim Plymel, FRWA's North Florida Wastewater Circuit Rider, stopped by a system to find an alligator in the chlorine contact chamber at a wastewater plant.  In the true FRWA fashion he helped the system drain the CCC. After pinning the gator down and putting him in a noose.  They released the gator to smile and once again bask in the warm Florida sun.

The good news is that all parties escaped with all parts intact.  Such is the life of an FRWA Circuit Rider!  Never a dull moment!
  
Sewage Fruitcake
Gross!: GRU workers untangle "sewage fruitcake" from wastewater treatment plant

Gainesville Regional Utilities wastewater workers spent more than 30 hours untangling a "sewage fruitcake" from one of its wastewater treatment plants.

GRU says the main component of this "fruitcake" was flushable wipes; however, despite their names, these wipes shouldn't be flushed.

GRU urges its residents to only flush what would normally be flushed down their toilets.  more
Free EPA Cloth Masks Available Thoughout State
EPA/Federal Government has provided cloth masks free of charge to be distributed to critical infrastructure employees. There are five (5) cloth masks similar to the photo below that available to each of your employees.  For your convenience, the masks are being distributed at locations throughout the state.  For additional information on a location nearest to you, click on the links below.
OUC
Pinellas County
Bonita Springs

FRWA would like to thank each distribution site that agreed to distribute these masks to our essential employees that are helping to keep our water safe.
National News
Senate Committee Set to Pass Water Bills This Week  The Environment and Public Works Committee has scheduled a hearing to vote on their recently introduced water bills.  more

In forecasting Hurricane Dorian, models fell short
Hurricane forecasters and the models they depend on failed to anticipate the strength and impact of last year's deadliest storm. more

U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said the Clean Water Act  Can Regulate Water That Travels Through Groundwater  In a 6-to-3 ruling, the court rejected arguments by a county in Hawaii and the Trump administration that only pollution discharged directly into navigable waters requires permits.   more

Chances Dim For State and Local Aid in Pending Virus Relief Deal While President Trump has indicated some support to bolster struggling state and local governments, he has said it can wait until the next coronavirus aid package.  more

EPA Extends Commenting Period for Determination to Craft MCLs for PFAS The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) directs the EPA to publish a list of contaminants (referred to as the Contaminant Candidate List, or CCL) to assist in priority-setting efforts.  more

Treasury Releases Coronavirus Relief Fund  The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to recipients of the funding available under section 601(a) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act").   more

Georgia Rural Water Tornado Emergency Response on Sociat Media  After delivering GRWA generators to several communities and repairing system power in Pelham, Ga.  more

Arkansas Rural Water Tornado Emergency Response on Social Media Terry Fortenberry, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Circuit Rider, Outside Kingsland Water Association with Lloyd Purifoy, Manager, hooking up ARWA 60 KW Backup Generator after storms knocked out electric service to the area.  more

Texas Rural Water Tornado Emergency Response on Social Media  This week, TRWA circuit riders and surroundingTexas  systems provided assistance to Onalaska WSC after a F3 tornado struck the area. more
State News
Hurricane season outlook worsens, as updated forecast predicts more storms An extra-busy hurricane season may be particularly unwelcome this year, but a major weather forecasting service on Thursday announced an upward revision of its already pessimistic forecast. more

For Sale Pipe
Overstocked inventory through South Walton Utility.  more

Opinion: GUEST EDITORIAL: A water security promise | Herald Tribune This COVID-19 life-interrupting has taught us in a very personal way how fast things can change.  more

Crews Ahead Of Schedule Replacing 7.5 Miles Of Sewer Main In Fort Lauderdale | CBS Miami The drills are working and thousands of feet of sewage pipe are ready to go in the ground.  more

Wellington adds deputy at water plant entrance, talks security after recent fake bomb threat | Palm Beach Post  A Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy has been stationed at the plant's entrance since the April 23 incident. more

Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority celebrates Drinking Water Week | Key West Citizen  The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority is kicking off Drinking Water Week by encouraging consumers to recognize their tap water is "There When You Need It."  more

Farmers, other advocates push Congress to protect Lake O water supply | Florida Politics  The groups argue the lake is being kept too low, in violation of federal law. more

Miami's water quality has improved during coronavirus pandemic, researcher says  Researcher hopes evidence on environmental impact changes human behavior.  more

City of Tampa water department still hiring  Since COVID-19 shuttered cities and towns across America, more than 20 million people have filed for unemployment. But, there are essential jobs that have become "pandemic" proof.  more

Site work begins for Everglades water treatment project | Associated Press  Site work has started on a project meant to purify water in the Florida Everglades, state officials announced Thursday.  more

Need a job? Panama City and Bay County have a list of job openings during pandemic | Panama City News Herald  Bay County and the city of Panama City have numerous jobs openings to fill. more 
This Week in Water History
The First CCR?
May 4, 1916:  Municipal Journal article. Report on Sacramento's Possible Water Supply. "Sacramento, Cal.-In one of the most comprehensive reports ever made on a water supply for Sacramento, Professor Charles Gilman Hyde and G. H. Wilhelm, engineering experts, have shown that the Sacramento River is the best source of supply for the city. Professor Hyde and engineer Wilhelm were employed several months ago at a cost of $50 for each day they worked. Their report consists of several hundred pages of data, maps, etc. Three sources of supply are treated very thoroughly-mountain, wells and river. Each source of supply is treated independently of the other. The location of the supply distance, route, dams, pipe lines, quantity and quality of supply and cost thereof, are given in each of the three cases.   more

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