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November 7 , 2019
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ASDWA Releases
EPA OGWDW  Regulatory Update 
Given all of the actions at EPA, some might think that drinking water regulations would have slowed down to a trickle (pun intended). However, ASDWA has compiled an EPA OGWDW Regulatory Update below that lists five regulations and three regulatory actions under the cyclical Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) regulatory development process that are on the schedule for the next few years. By far, EPA's Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) would have the most significant impacts to water systems and primacy agencies. The pre-publication version weighs in at 347 pages, and understanding how the revisions fit into the existing 1991 Lead and Copper Rule is challenging. As of today (11/5), the proposed LCRR has not been published in the Federal Register, so the close of the public comment period is "to be determined".

EPA OGWDW Regulatory Update

* EPA has committed to making a regulatory determination for PFOA and PFOS by the end of 2019 and will likely include other CCL4 chemicals - EPA must make decisions for at least five contaminants for the Fourth Regulatory Determination ** Ongoing Waterkeeper litigation could potentially change these dates
National News
Well tests haven't found dangerous levels of firefighting chemical, Navy says | Florida Times Union Samples were collected near Naval Station Mayport and Outlying Field Whitehouse to check for dangerous levels of chemicals used in firefighting foam.  more

House Committee Passes Clean Water State Revolving Fund Reauthorization On October 29th, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation (HR 1497) to almost double current spending levels for EPAs clean water state revolving fund (SRF) by 2025 as well as allow states the flexibility to extend the term of NPDES permit...  more

Drinking more water improves multitasking ability in children   Drinking water not only keeps children hydrated, but also increases their ability to multitask, suggests a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois and their collaborators.  more  

Lawsuits over a revised WOTUS start long, muddy legal battle  Get ready for a surge of lawsuits over the Trump administration's decision to walk back Obama-era protections for wetlands and streams.   more
State News
Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $3 Million Available Through Rural Revolving Loan Fund Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announces $3 million available through the Rural Community Development Revolving Loan Fund Program to fund projects in rural communities that create and retain jobs, maintain economic activity of an existing industry or promote diversification of the local economy.  more

DeSantis rolls out water quality website | Fort Myers Beach Observer 
With the state of the water a paramount issue in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis was at Lover's Key State Park on Fort Myers Beach Tuesday to tout a new website that folks can check to see the latest news on the safety of their water.  more

St. Pete Ordinance Could Require Homeowners To Replace Leaky Sewage Pipes | WUSF  St. Petersburg has been plagued by sewage spills since 2015, and now, part of the solution has some residents nervous that they might have to spend thousands to fix sewer pipes on their property.  more

Concern grows over aging pipes after another water main break in Tampa | WFLA  Crews were working overnight to fix another water main break on North Oregon Avenue in Tampa.  more  

Proposed water rate to double cost for Grissom, Miami Correctional | Tribune-Star  Grissom Air Reserve Base and the Miami Correctional Facility are facing steep hikes in water rates that will more than double their bills and lead to the prison paying nearly $200,000 more a year for drinking water.  more

Opinion: Hiaasen: Nestl√© wants to leave us high and dry | The Ledger  Florida, perpetually in a water crisis, once again is poised to give away hundreds of millions of gallons that will end up in plastic bottles on the shelves of supermarkets. more

Miccosukee Tribe opposes EAA reservoir | Okeechobee News   Work on the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA) could be delayed, not by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but due to opposition from a native tribe.  more

Environmental effects of Hurricane Michael will linger, experts say  The environmental impacts of Hurricane Michael will persist for years, experts say, including greater potential of flooding and wildfires.  more

Nov. 7 hearing set in Georgia-Florida water case over river basin  The tri-state water wars, which now particularly pit Georgia against Florida, continue to chug along, poised to move into a third decade.  more

Wekiva septic conversion stinks for homeowners but it may save the springs | Orlando Sentinel  Some homeowners in Orange County neighborhoods near Wekiwa Springs and Rock Springs pooh-pooh the science blaming their septic systems for pollution in the water, but they're ready to switch to sewers.  more
This Week in Water History
College Bans Water

November 7, 1985   New York Times headline-College Bans Suspect Water.  Dartmouth, Mass.-"Southeastern Massachusetts University has ordered a ban on drinking the water on campus, suspecting that the water caused students and staff members to become ill, officials said. More than 300 people have suffered stomach cramps and vomiting in the last week. The ban took effect Monday night."

Commentary:  In 1900, public health officials were getting comfortable using the new science of bacteriology. The unique genius of Dr. Robert Koch and his colleagues created new tools to assess the sanitary quality of food (like oysters) and water. These tools were being used on both sides of the Atlantic. Bacillus coli communis (also called B. coli) was the early name for what we now call total coliforms. The tests were quite different then as compared to now. Gas production in dextrose broth was considered a presumptive positive result (as opposed to using lactose broth). However, the story on this same date in 1985 shows that we have a ways to go. Failures in multi-barrier protection can result in disease and death even in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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