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Rule 62-640, F.A.C. Update
Water quality and the improvement of water resources in Florida are a key priority for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. As such, the Department is proposing amendments to Ch. 62-640, F.A.C. The rule represents the Departments commitment to science-based processes, by recommending changes to biosolids regulations to minizine the migration of nutrients, specifically phosphorus, to prevent impairment to waterbodies.
Biosolid Technical Advisory Committee
In 2018, the Department created a Biosolids Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to evaluate current management practices and explore opportunities to better protect Florida's water resources. The TAC members represent stakeholders from all arenas including environmental and agricultural industry experts, large and small utilities, waste haulers, consultants and academics.
The TAC convened on four occasions from September 2018 to January 2019 and discussed the following:
- What are the current options for biosolids management in the state?
- Are there better ways to manage biosolids to improve the protection of our water resources?
- What research is needed to improve biosolid management?
The meetings included presentations related to biosolid management and regulations, water quality, innovative technologies and research. Each public meeting included open public comment, as well as discussion among the TAC members, the audience and the Department.
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This Week in Water History
Patent issued on ductile iron pipe
October 25, 1949: Patent issued on Ductile Iron pipe. On this day, patent Number 2,485,761 was issued to Mr. K. D. Millis and others of the International Nickel Company, for "Gray Cast Iron having Improved Properties." It has since become known as ductile iron. Gray iron becomes ductile iron through the inoculation of the molten mix with magnesium, changing the graphitic carbon from random flake forms into a more geometrically arrayed and spherical form. The new matrix provides greater yield strength, ultimate strength, and elongation properties.
Cast iron pipe producers had raced International Nickel to the patent office, but International Nickel got there first. Cast iron pipe producers soon began the commercial production of ductile iron pipe, which has supplanted cast iron due to its greater strength and toughness. Cast iron and ductile iron pipes form the backbone of America's drinking water distribution systems.
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