FRWA eNews
October 9, 2020
Florida Rural Water Association
2970 Wellington Circle
Tallahassee FL 32309
850.668.2746
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11.17.20
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11.18.20 
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FRWA SERVICES
Groundwater/Source Water Services
The Association has two (2) source water specialists and one (1) groundwater specialist in the field to provide technical assistance services to your systems and communities. These full time technicians assist with troubleshooting, consulting, and correcting surface and ground water concerns throughout the State of Florida.
FRWA's groundwater/source water specialists can design and assist you in adopting an adequate groundwater protection plan, solve well-related bacteriological problems, or improve source water efficiencies and withdrawals. Wellhead protection plans developed by other consultants and other service providers can cost over $10,000, but are available at no charge to FRWA members. If you would like to contact someone concerning the possibility of having a well head protection plan completed, click here.

For a complete list of all of the services FRWA provides, click here.
National News
Hurricane Delta rapidly intensifies to category 4 storm | My Panhandle  The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified and is now a major storm.  more

ASDWA & BlueConduit Release White Paper on LSL Data Methods  Substantial uncertainty still surrounds the nation's water systems regarding the number and locations of lead service lines (LSLs).  more

EPA Announces Public Meeting on Revisions of the Microbial and Disinfection Byproducts Rules Last Friday, EPA announced a virtual stakeholder meeting on revisions of the Microbial and Disinfection Byproducts (MDBP) Rules on October 14-15 to solicit input on further improving public health protection from MDBPs in drinking water.  more

Fall 2020 Congressional Update and Outlook  Late Tuesday, the House approved a bipartisan continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded through the election into early December. more

PFAS Analytic Tools: ECHO National Training Webinar for Government Users  On Thursday, October 15th, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm (eastern time), EPA's Office of Compliance will provide training for EPA, state or local government employees on their Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) application for analyzing Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) spatial and temporal data in the US (PFAS Analytic Tools).  more

ASDWA Webinar with the Water Research Foundation On Thursday, November 19th from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (eastern time), ASDWA will host a webinar with the Water Research Foundation (WRF) entitled, "Overview of Current Research and Innovation at the WRF."  more

Wisconsin utilities may resume disconnections of water service on November 1  State regulators have decided to again extend a temporary moratorium on utility shutoffs for residential customers during the COVID-19 crisis until Nov. 1. more

Charlotte is expected to approve spending $3.5 million in federal coronavirus relief funds for utility assistance, could cover bills for three months for 4,600 customers  After months of halting service disconnections during the COVID-19 pandemic, Duke Energy will resume shutoffs for customers with unpaid balances.  more

Virginia legislation directs power company to use "overearnings" to cover delinquent bills and use $120 million in federal funds to cover some of the utility debt Thousands of Virginians behind on their utility bills soon could face disconnection under a decision from state regulators Thursday that amps up pressure on state lawmakers to resolve their differences on how to offer relief. more

Mississippi legislators passed a law to redirect CARES Act money after a dispute with the governor  After nine months in and out of the state Capitol due to the pandemic, the Mississippi Legislature this week shifted some federal COVID-19 relief money to landlords, farmers, hospitals and veterans, then ended the 2020 legislative session Friday.  more

USDA Streamlines Process for Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantee Program The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications for the department's four key loan guarantee programs under the OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative.  more

Longtime TRWA Board Member Kent Watson (and Immediate NRWA Past President) Named NRWA's 2020 Man of the Year on September 30 "Kent has served Wickson Creek SUD for 33 years as General Manager and has been a champion for rural water at the national, state and local leveL" more
State News
Penney Farms earns an award for his public water system | Clay Today  The Florida Rural Water Association selected the Town of Penney Farms as the 2020 winner of the Small Public Water System of the Year Award.  more

Did you know today is Energy Efficiency Day?  Energy efficiency could meet 1/3 of our expected electricity generation needs by 2030.  more

All of Mexico Beach under boil water notice | My Panhandle  All of Mexico Beach is under a boil water notice after a contractor placed a water main into service without first obtaining clearance, according to Mexico Beach officials.  more

U.S. Supreme Court: Florida Water War Arguments To Be Held 'In Due Course' | WFSU  The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday indicated it will hear oral arguments in the long-running water battle between Florida and Georgia but did not specify when. more
This Week in Water History
October 1, 1913 October 1 is the first day of a water year. "A water year is term commonly used in hydrology to describe a time period of 12 months. It is defined as the period between October 1st of one year and September 30th of the next. The water year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends. (the year within which 9 of the 12 months fall). Thus the 2010 water year started on October 1, 2009 and ended on September 30, 2010. Use of water year as a standard follows the US national water supply data publishing system that was started in 1913. This time interval is often used by hydrologists because hydrological systems in the northern hemisphere are typically at their lowest levels near October 1. The increased temperatures and generally drier weather patterns of summer give way to cooler temperatures, which decreases evaporation rates. Rain and snow replenish surface water supplies."

For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here.
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2970 Wellington Circle
Tallahassee FL 32309
850.668.2746