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January 3, 2020
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2020 Focus on Change
For the past thirty years, the Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA) has partnered with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to bring you  "Focus on Change". These sessions are designed to provide the most current regulatory information available to utilities. FRWA is pleased to announce that this year the DEP Water, Wastewater, and Operator Certification Sections will be participating.

Focus on Change is one our most popular events featuring the latest in updates on state regulations.  The events are held thoughout the state so there are locations close to you.  If you would like to go ahead and reserve your spot now, click on the links below.

Don't miss this opportunity to get a head start on your needed 2021 CEUs!  You can attend both Focus on Changes during the two year cycle since the events cover different topics.

For a complete agenda, click here.  For more complete information, click here.
National News
New Study Finds "High Levels" of PFAS in Rainwater:
The atmospheric transport route is important, according to the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP).  more

WRDA 2020 Update :
Congress is on track to pass the biannual water legislation in 2020 and many state associations are being asked if they have priorities for the legislation.  more

NRWA Year in Review 
As the year and the holiday season draw to a close, take a look back on some of the work NRWA and the State Associations have accomplished this year.  more

Federal budget includes funding for EAA reservoir | Okeechobee News 
 On Friday, Dec. 20, President Trump signed a federal budget into law that includes $200 million for Everglades restoration. more

Cash-hungry cities seek buyers for sewer systems to pay pensions | Lincoln Journal Star 
As cities across the U.S. struggle under the weight of ballooning pension costs, some are putting their public water and sewer systems on the auction block to come up with cash. more

New Orleans nearly had to pump raw sewage into Mississippi River | WLTX
  A series of ongoing issues with a massive sewer line almost forced the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans to pump raw sewage directly into the Mississippi River earlier this month, board members said. more

AWWA's Initial and Critical Comments on EPA's Lead and Copper Rule Revisions The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Proposed Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) Revisions when finalized will provide important, positive changes that will lead to further reduction of lead in the nation's drinking water. more

"Breakthrough" on NRWA's Effort to Have EPA Allow  Electronic Delivery of EPA Tier 2 Public Notices  Last week, a state rural water association inquired to their regional EPA contacts more

PFAS Legislation that Was Dropped Last Week from the Annual Defense Authorization Bill Now Being Considered for House Spending Bill  NRWA was successful in having the adverse PFAS dropped from the defense bill more
State News
Good news to start 2020: Red tide gone, blue-green algae blooms have virtually disappeared | Florida Today The new year is starting off virtually algae bloom-free.  more

Opinion: GUEST EDITORIAL: Apalachicola River floodplain is the worst place to drill | Herald Tribune  
Our government can't really be this stupid, can it?  more

Water bills to rise 4.5% in some cities as treatment plant upgrades | Miami Today  
North Miami Beach plans to borrow $82.2 million by issuing bonds the week of Jan. 14 as it improves the second-largest water treatment plant in Miami-Dade County... more

Pasco County water, sewer is better than most, reader says | Tampa Bay Times 
 It is my understanding Pasco County Utilities (water and sewer) is an enterprise fund system, under which the users pay all the costs. more

Auburn makes plans for water improvements | KPC News  
A major project to improve water mains in southwest Auburn is coming in 2021.  more

Utility ends privatization effort, despite $10 million spent
Board of directors of city-owned JEA in Florida has pulled the plug on a privatization plan, even though the process has cost taxpayers $10 million. more

Florida suffers setback in water war with Georgia  
Florida filed the lawsuit against Georgia in 2013, though battles about water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system date to the 1990s.  more

Sophisticated hackers targeting Florida cities, businesses with ransomware
As more cyberattacks target local governments around the country, including a recent high-profile case in Florida, an international software security company has declared the number of attacks is at a crisis level.  more

Ruptured Sewage Line Temporarily Fixed In Fort Lauderdale | CBS Miami At last, some good news for residents of the Rio Vista neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale. more

Wastewater spill in Georgia to possibly affect Suwannee River, health advisory issued | WCJB  A warning has been issued from Florida health officials about a wastewater spill in Georgia that could affect the Suwannee River.  more

Miami Beach streets flooded by water main break | Local 10  Some residents of an area of the North Beach area could be without water after a 24-inch water line broke, flooding streets during Monday's rush hour.  more

Opinion: Outrage over Fort Lauderdale's sewage spill | Sun Sentinel   Is the recent sewage spill the city's way of saying Merry Christmas?  more

Sen. Debbie Mayfield pushes a 'Clean Waterways Act' for Florida | Florida Today Does Florida need its own clean water act?  Sen. Debbie Mayfield thinks so. more

Keys Water Utility Looks To Replace Aging Desal Plant | WLRN  The Keys get freshwater from the mainland - it's pumped in Florida City and sent down a pipeline all the way to Key West. In an emergency, they can make some freshwater. But the plant that does that is obsolete and in line for replacement.  more

Flagler in talks to sell utilities | Daytona Beach News-Journal  Flagler County is in discussions with the Florida Governmental Utility Authority to sell county-operated water and wastewater systems in Plantation Bay, Beverly Beach and Eagle Lakes.  more

Take caution: Valdosta spills again | Madison County Carrier  On Monday, Dec. 9, the Florida Department of Health in Madison and Hamilton County released a joint health advisory more
This Week in Water History
1918: Influenza Pandemic

December 28, 1918:  Municipal Journalarticle-To Investigate Cost of Influenza. "Harrisburg, Pa.-An investigation is to be conducted by the state department of health into the cost of the epidemic of influenza, which has taken 47,000 lives. Dr. B. Franklin Royer, acting state health commissioner, has announced that every phase of the social and economic cost of the disease will be surveyed. Doctor Royer has sent letters to men and women in charge of the work of fighting the epidemic in various parts of the state and asked that the information desired be returned at once to the department. 'Professor J. P. Lichtenberger, of the Wharton School of Finance, of the University of Pennsylvania' he said, 'has been engaged by the department to undertake this work, and a large corps of clerks, stenographers and other officers of the state department of health have been designated to cooperate in gathering the data....'" Commentary:  In the midst of a national construction push for more filtration plants, the U.S. was devastated by the influenza pandemic. It has been estimated that 500,000 to 675,000 people died in the U.S. alone and 20 to 50 million people worldwide.

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