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November 12, 2018
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A heartfelt thank you to all veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice and to all those who returned.

The Board and Staff 
Florida Rural Water Associaiton
Getting Positive Press for Your Water / Wastewater System
The following article was submitted by the Gainesville Regional Utilties to the Gainesville Sun Opinion Page with a nice photograph and brief article https://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20181107/tony-cunningham-gru-exceeding-expectations-with-water
Isn't it time for water and wastewater utilities to go on the offensive about the great work they're doing to deliver safe drinking water and protect public health?

The media and most individuals do not understand the complexities of delivering water and wastewater services. Individuals tend to remember and believe the negative press about drinking water - whether it's about the water crisis in Flint Michigan, misleading filter commercials, news reports, or misinformed friends and neighbors. 

Sterling Carroll, FRWA Engineer

GRU Exceeding Expections with Water
Tony Cunningham/Special to The Sun
Posted November 7, 2018/2:00 AM

As Gainesville Regional Utilities begins its new fiscal year and budget cycle, the water department continues its commitment to providing our community with clean, safe, great-tasting drinking water that's always on tap.
 
We take great pride in meeting local, state and federal drinking water standards and doing it in a way that emphasizes public health, safety and the environment. In the coming year, we will continue to meet or exceed our goals and your expectations. We pledge to:
 
* Provide more than 8 billion gallons of high-quality drinking water to over 200,000 people in our community, including businesses, hospitals and the University of Florida. Go Gators!
 
* Continuously maintain a pressurized water system to serve our customers and provide water for fire protection.
 
* Respond to customers and incidents affecting our water system 24/7/365.
 
* Conduct over 200,000 water quality tests at our treatment plant to ensure GRU drinking water meets the highest standards.  more
National News
NRWA Launches Savings Engine National Rural Water Association (NRWA) has launched the aqkWa Savings engine, nrwa.org/savings-engine, to provide consumers with an interactive, personalized online tool to help save water, energy and money. more

Stalled farm bill grabs attention during midterms, expected on front burner when Congress returns With campaigning in the final days and elections next week, one of the major things Congress will have to deal with when it returns is the stalled farm bill.  more

America's Next Water Contamination Crisis May Already Be Here  The family of chemicals called PFAS have been used in everything from carpeting to fast food wrappers. They also may have contaminated America's water.  more
State News
Opinion: Here's what we could expect DeSantis to do for Florida's environment | TCPalm  As a candidate, Ron DeSantis declared himself a "Teddy Roosevelt conservationist."   more

Cape Coral still running 'bubble curtain' pilot program as algae returns | WINK  New "bubble curtain" technology is being put to the test in Cape Coral to stop blue-green algae from invading the Caloosahatchee.   more

Long-term recovery group meets tonight | The Star  Response transitioned into recovery as the weeks unfolded after Hurricane Michael. more

Leesburg finalizes sale of land to The Villages | Daily Commercial   Goodbye green spray fields, hello retiree rooftops.   The Villages closed the deal Thursday with the city for 1,127 acres near Florida's Turnpike for $7,540,997. more

Oakland puts utility burden on developers | West Orange Times & Observer   For 16 months, an engineering firm has been working with town of Oakland staff to assess its water-supply facilities plan, and the end result is a $900,000 savings for the town's water customers.   more

Opinion: Bob Knight: Too polluted to drink | Gainesville Sun  For too many families, North Florida's once pristine groundwater may be unsafe to drink. One nasty pollutant is nitrate, a principal ingredient in synthetic agricultural and urban fertilizers, and in animal manure and human waste.   more
This Week in Water History
November 3, 2015: AWWA Opens Office in India. "The office of AWWAIndia, part of AWWA's vision of "A better world through better water," is up and running, signing up members and developing strategies to improve drinking water quality for the nation's 1.29 billion people.

The office, located in Mumbai, is the headquarters of AWWA's first international community outside North America and is staffed by three paid workers and five volunteers.

"Our volunteers are passionate about water," said Gaurav Sood, the office's executive manager. "I feel their energy and they are very upbeat. They feel that, 'Yes, we can make a difference.'"   more

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