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May 22,  2020
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Best Wishes for a 
Safe and Happy Memorial Day
from the
FRWA Board and Staff
Additional EPA Cloth Masks Available Thoughout State
FRWA just received an o ther shipment of cloth masks from the EPA/Federal Government. These masks are available free of charge to be distributed to water and wastewater employees throughtout Florida. 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.

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.
FRWA Offering Zoom Drinking Water Review Class
I n this time of uncertainty and social distancing FRWA is always looking for ways to help our members, water and wastewater systems. With that said, FRWA will be holding a zoom training for the A/B/C and D Water Review Training that was going to be held in Fort Myers on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th. You will still sign up and register using this link Please make sure to include your email in the registration.

FRWA will send out a zoom training invite to you about one week before the training so you will have the information you need to connect to the training. We hope you will join us and if you know of anyone that needs this training please pass this information along to them.

If you have any questions you can contact Ben Lewis, our Program Manager by email at, or by calling 850.668.2746 or 850.791.2298.

  Don't miss this opportunity to be able to get the training you need and forgo the expenses related to traveling to an onsite location.  You can enjoy the session from the comfort of your home or office.  

National News
2020 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Names  Did yours make the list?  more

Upcoming Webinar: COVID-19: Water System Re-entry and Returning to "Normal" Operations In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a webinar for water and wastewater systems on best practices for water utility workers as they return more

Bills Offer Options for PFAS Regulation - Coastal Review Online  Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, and about three dozen cosponsors, have introduced a series of bills intended to demonstrate the range of steps the state could take in regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.  more 

EPA's Lead Regulation Plan Too "Complex" Says EPA Science Advisers  As part of its statutory duties, the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) may provide advice and 24
comments on the scientific and technical basis of certain planned EPA actions.  more

Cornell University Social Science on "Public" Water Systems  The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that access to water is a public health necessity, and municipalities that own their utilities are more likely to protect residents and low-income households in particular from water shutoffs, according to a paper forthcoming in Utilities Policy.  more

NYTimes Reports that EPA Will Decide NOT to Regulate Perchlorate in Drinking Water A new E.P.A. policy on perchlorate, which is used in rocket fuel, would revoke a 2011 finding that the chemical should be regulated.  more

House Democrats' Relief Bill Passes  The House of Representatives on Friday evening passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill, the most expensive legislation approved by that body in history, that Democrats hailed as the unprecedented response needed to deal with the pandemic and its economic fallout. more

NRWA and National Water Associations Petition Congress for Relief from Revenue Declines  The nation's water sector jointly requests that the next COVID-19 relief bill address the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on drinking water systems, clean water systems, and water recycling systems.  more

State News
Miami-Dade backs bill for US bottled water tax A proposed federal tax on water bottling companies that tap into public water supplies now has the backing of Miami-Dade's lawmaking body. more

Tampa Bay Water files 'forever chemicals' lawsuit against DuPont, 3M The utility serves more than 2.5 million customers. A spokesperson said Tampa Bay Water has not detected dangerous levels of the chemicals in its supply but is taking an 'initial step' amid evolving science.  more

Latest hurricane season forecast: 'It's expected to be a busy one'  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast predicts there will be 13-19 named storms, with six to 10 of those storms reaching hurricane status. more

Annual County utilities water report available | Florida Weekly Lee County Utilities' customers received water that met or exceeded all federal and state requirements last year, according to a recent report that has been placed online at  more 

Nature Conservancy asks Congress to protect water supply | Okeechobee News A diverse group of South Florida community leaders is calling on Congress to ensure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers protects the water supply for South Florida when finalizing the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM).  more
This Week in Water History
Violence Mars Operations of Owens Valley Aqueduct

May 21, 1921: Violence Mars Operations of Owens Valley Aqueduct. "On May 21, 1924, the first violence of the dispute erupted. Forty men dynamited the Lone Pine aqueduct spillway gate. No arrests were made. Eventually, the two sides were entirely stalemated.


The City believed the wholesale purchase of the district wasunnecessary to meet its water needs. Instead, on October 14th, the City proposed a plan that would leave 30,000 acres in the Bishop area free of City purchases. The City also offered to help promote the construction of a state highway to the area, thereby creating a local tourist industry.


The Wattersons and the directors of the Owens Valley Irrigation District rejected the proposal, insisting on outright farm purchase and full compensation for all the townspeople.
On November 16, 1924 Mark Watterson led 60 to 100 people to occupy the Alabama Gates, closing the aqueduct by opening the emergency spillway. Renewed negotiation ended the occupation.


Finally, the conflict became completely centered on the issues of farm purchases and reparations to the townspeople. Attacks on the aqueduct began again in April 1926 and by July 1927 there had been 10 instances of dynamiting. more

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