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May 24, 2019
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The Alabama/Florida Joint Technical Training Conference begins on May 28th in Gulf Shores, Alabama. There is still time to register and if you don't get at chance, just come to the FRWA Registration Booth at the Conference and we will be happy to help you.

We will have the latest in industry information available in our sold out Exhibit Hall. The topics covered in our training sessions will bring you up to date on the pressing issues in the water and wastewater field. Of course, as with any Rural Water event, there will be plenty of food! Please plan to join us for fun, food, and a wealth of information! 

You can find the latest in information on the Conference on our website by clicking here.
National News
Preparing low-income communities for hurricanes begins with outreach The Hill  Governments seeking to help their most vulnerable residents prepare for hurricanes and other disasters should create community-based information campaigns ahead of time, more

House panel advances $46 billion water, energy bill, defying Trump Transport Topics  The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday advanced a $46.4 billion spending bill covering energy and water programs, defying requests from President Trump to slash spending.  more

EPA aims to accelerate environmental permitting process for infrastructure projects U.S. EPA   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stepped up its efforts to mitigate delays in the permitting process for environmental infrastructure projects, Administrator Andrew Wheeler said. more

EPA launches system allowing public to receive agency lawsuit notifications Florida Daily  Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) General Counsel Matthew Z. Leopold announced the launch of a new system from EPA's Office of General Counsel (OGC) to enhance transparency of the agency's defensive litigation activities. more

USDA Urges Applications for Funding  Congress provided U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with $4 billion last year and another $1.9 billion this year to assist with water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities under 10,000 population.  more

Flushing program to flow again | Recorder  The final week of the four-week water main flushing program by the Amsterdam Department of Public Works begins Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, May 30 between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. more

Manufacturers, Utilities Ask SCOTUS to Overturn Maui Water Ruling  The U.S. Supreme Court should topple a ruling that a public utility in Hawaii is liable for discharging treated wastewater that seeped through groundwater into the Pacific Ocean, a group of business organizations, several Florida utilities, and a conservative legal organization say  more..
State News
Miami, other coastal cities may drown in 80 years, study says  Today's children could see Miami and the Earth's other low-lying cities swallowed by the rising ocean within 80 years if the fossil fuel pollution causing climate change continues unabated. more

Forecasters urge coastal residents to prepare now as Atlantic hurricane season looms  With June 1, the official start of Atlantic hurricane season, just days away, forecasters are urging those living along the coast to prepare for a near- to slightly above-normal season. more

How rural areas like Florida's Panhandle can become more hurricane-ready  When Hurricane Michael roared onto northwest Florida's Gulf Coast in October 2018, its 160 mile-per-hour winds made it the strongest storm ever to hit the region. more

Gov. DeSantis: Rural infrastructure projects across state getting $1.6 million On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the state government was sending $1.6 million to rural communities across the state for infrastructure projects.  more

Hurricanes like Harvey and Florence could bring mass flooding to Florida Could portions of the Florida peninsula get drenched by catastrophic flooding like Hurricanes Harvey and Florence unleashed the last two years in Texas and the Carolinas?  more

Jacksonville proposes regulations to curb flooding Orlando Sentinel  As scientists predict rising sea levels will make water-laden places like Jacksonville more vulnerable to flooding, the city is moving to tighten regulations on new construction in areas most at risk from water overflowing creeks and rivers.more

Lake Okeechobee battles rise and fall with water levels Hernando Sun Lake Okeechobee is Florida's "Liquid Heart," and people who depend on it for irrigation, drinking water, recreation and their livelihoods are often in conflict on how to take care of it.  more

FRWA urges support for the implementation of a State Flood Mitigation Revolving Fund The Florida Rural Water Association signed on the support of this legislation and now with the help of Pew Charities Trust we have submitted the following to the Orlando Sentinel. more

Florida's Largest Public Utility Recovers One Billion Gallons of Unaccounted for Water | Associate News  The most populous city in the southeastern United States, Jacksonville, consistently rates in the top 20 in Forbes' annual ranking of the Best Places for Business and Careers.  more

St. Pete turns to dogs to sniff our sewage problems | ABC Action News  Pinellas County leaders say they are ready for hurricane season and that our sewer system infrastructure is "1,000 percent more ready for storms."  more

New Wastewater Treatment Plant doubles county's water capacity | Clay Today  Treating wastewater is a tough task, but Clay County Utility Authority officials said the completion of Mid-Clay Wastewater Treatment Facility improvements would extend plant capacity from 650,000 gallons a day to 1.5 million gallons a day.more

$6M water plant project OK'd for Plantation Bay | Daytona Beach News-Journal  Flagler County will borrow $3.8 million and add other revenues to purchase a new water plant for Plantation Bay.more

Opinion: Chuck Clemons: State budget included record spending on environment | Gainesville Sun  In a guest column published May 12, Bryan Eastman's attempt at partisan politics served no purpose other than to cast a smokescreen of misinformation and misrepresentation regarding the Republican-led Legislature's historic support for environmental restoration, preservation and protection.  more

Water to be temporarily shut off after vehicle crashes into Davenport hydrant | WTSP  Polk County Utilities will be temporarily shutting off water after a water main break was caused by a vehicle hitting a hydrant.  more

Holley Navarre Water sets sights on future | Navarre Press  After calls for expanded fire hydrant availability last month, the Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) board of directors decided to create long-term goals.  more
This Week in Water History

Chain of Rocks Filtration Plant, St. Louis, MO

May 20, 1915: Municipal Journal article. St. Louis Filter Plant Opened. "St. Louis, Mo.-The city has celebrated the dedication of the new $1,350,000 filtration plant at Chain of Rocks. Many citizens, including delegates from 150 organizations, responded to the invitation of the city officials. The new plant, which is of the rapid sand filter type, has a capacity of 160,000,000 gallons daily, increasing to 200,000,000 in emergencies. The filter house is 750 feet long by 134 wide and contains forty filters. The building is entirely of concrete and metal and the headhouse is similarly constructed. It contains the boilers, tanks, pumps and laboratory. The coagulation and sedimentation process, installed in 1904, is still used in connection with the rapid sand filters and the sterilization with liquid chlorine when necessary. The waterworks are now valued at $29,680,000, wth a bonded indebtedness of $2,642,000. The flat rate is 8 3/4 cents per 100 gallons. The new addition took 20 months in building.

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