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November  21 , 2019
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Florida Rural Water Association

There will be no eNews next week.  The FRWA Office will be closed on Thursday (28th) and Friday (29th) for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Apprenticeship Program Starts in January 2020
At our Annual Conference we announced the development of an Apprenticeship Program to help train the future workers of the water and wastewater industry. Well, it's finally time for the program to get going.

Starting in January of 2020, apprenticeship training classes will be available for utilities that have signed up to be partnered employers. To be a partnered employer, please fill out the agreement found at our website linked here. The classes will be held two days a month either at our offices located in Tallahassee or at our warehouse in Cairo, GA, depending on the number of apprentices.

We are also offering a discounted price to the first round of apprentices. This discount applies to the earliest of participants. In order to be eligible, a system must have an employer agreement on file and provide the name(s) of the apprentice(s) to FRWA. We are currently pursuing funding to help reduce the cost of the program going forward, more details to come.
Eligible apprentices must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Age: Apprentices must be at least 18 years of age, or older.
  • High School Diploma: Apprentices must have a high school diploma, or equivalent.
  • Driver's License: Apprentices must have a valid state issued driver's license.
  • Drug Test: Apprentices must take and pass a drug test.
  • Background Check: Apprentices must pass a background check.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to advance your career or the career of one of your employees.
National News
Water Leak Detection Canine: Arkansas Introduces First Leak Detection Dog in the Nation Finding a water leak can sometimes be a little tricky. more

DOD funds firefighting foam research for a PFAS-free alternative Aqueous film-forming foams, or AFFF, rapidly extinguish fuel fires, but they contain PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. more 

AWWA document helps water professionals understand and explain PFAS  PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are persistent synthetic compounds used in a variety of industrial and consumer product applications including non-stick cookware and firefighting foams.  more

Illinois  How to plug big-time shortfalls in police and fire pension funds? Some cities are selling sewer systems for big bucks.  In 2018, Alton's pension funds for firefighters and police officers had about $117 million in unfunded liabilities -- the retirement money that will have to be paid to retirees. more

NRWA and AWWA Send Statement to EPA Urging the Agency NOT to Allow Water Utilities To Be Exposed to Superfund Liability for PFAs that Pass Throught Their Utilities  more

NRWA, AWWA, NAWC, Conference of Mayors and League of Cities Signed Joint Letter to EPA Urging for Extension of Deadline for Commenting on LCR Revisions  more

EPA's New Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) "Hope Springs Eternal"  NRWA met with the Washington staff of all the other national water associations and ASDWA last week regarding potential changes, clarification, and questions for the new LCR more

Congress close to striking landmark PFAS deal, chairman says  Congress' two chambers have largely resolved their differences over which provisions relating to "forever chemicals" should stay in an annual defense authorization bill, the House Armed Services Committee chairman said Nov. 13.  more

Report: Puerto Rico's infrastructure failing as federal aid remains on hold More than two years after hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the island's bridges, dams, drinking water, ports, roads and power grids are at a breaking point - and the federal dollars to fix that infrastructure remains out of reach.  more
State News
Toilet to tap, part two: Recycled water proposal back to House | Florida Politics  Florida is known for its freshwater springs, yet a House bill would bring water of a different type to taps. more

DeSantis Proposes $91.4 Billion Budget | North Escambia The total recommendation for the FY 2020-2021 budget is $91.4 billion. The budget recommends $480.5 million in savings - such as administrative efficiencies and elimination of earmarks.  more

A tough bargain: Indian River would take over Vero wastewater treatment ... with conditions | TCPalm The county is willing to take over Vero Beach's wastewater-treatment system. more

Escambia County adds 7 new projects to RESTORE Act plan. Here's what they will do: | Pensacola News Journal  Restoring Little Sabine Bay and building a new Brownsville retail business incubator are just two of the seven projects being added to Escambia County's RESTORE Act plan.  more

Gov. DeSantis' 4-year, $2.5 billion water-quality plan set to 'transform Florida'  If the Legislature sustains funding for Gov. Ron DeSantis's $2.5 billion water-quality improvement plan, its four consecutive years of $625 million annual infusions will "transform Florida," state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein predicts.  more

As sale talk progresses, JEA wants $25 million for sewer water The 2020 Legislative Session will feature an ambitious Jacksonville ask with interesting timing. more

Florida asks judge to freeze Georgia water use through 2050 Florida hammered Georgia in a federal courtroom here Thursday for not doing enough to limit agricultural water use in southwest Georgia as the oyster industry downstream in Apalachicola Bay collapsed. more  

Sewerage and water expansion coming to DeFuniak Springs  This is happening on Highway 331, from just south of I-10 to north of Eglin Range Road.  more

The water's yellow and no, someone didn't forget to flush | Sun Sentinel  When it comes to water, Fort Lauderdale is a tale of two colors: One is a dream vacation destination of turquoise-hued ocean vistas. more
This Week in Water History
Sewage Operations in 1914

November 19, 1914:  Operation of Sewage Disposal Plants. By Francis E. Daniels. "A man in charge of a sewage disposal plant should know what each unit of his works is doing every day. A skilled observer may detect faults and short-comings with some degree of certainty by mere inspection; and if the output is bad and a heavy pollution is occurring or a local nuisance is resulting, it is not at all difficult to recognize the trouble. If the break-down has been sudden and due to a wash-out, a broken bed or wall or some other equally obvious cause, an expert is not needed to diagnose the case. But suppose the output of a plant or of some of its units is gradually falling below the requirements. In that case the gradual decline cannot be detected by observation and in order that one may know what is actually happening, tests are made....Careful attention paid to tank effluents will delay for years the expenditure of thousands of dollars for the removal, washing and replacing of the stone in contact beds. Poor effluents discharged upon sand beds cause clogging quickly, which results in undue expense for frequent cleaning and often the sand filter effluent is seriously impaired.   more

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