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September 6 , 2019
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Well Rural Water, we did it! The first major hurricane of the season to threaten Florida and we all survived. It's important to take notes and share what we learned from these experiences. So today, FRWA is sharing some of the lessons we learned from Hurricane Dorian.

Be patient: As anyone who has worked with Florida's unique weather knows, things can change at any time. Thus in order to be ready for a weather event it is often necessary to wait and see what happens. With hurricanes we also have to wait for the storm to pass before deploying our assets. This can sometimes lead to people in need having to wait as the storm may have passed them, but not our staging area for equipment. Being patient can help us remain calm as we go through the trying times of an emergency response.

Each weather event is different: Based on our previous experience with category 3 storms, FRWA expected a certain amount of damage. In the case of Dorian, it turns out there were so few damages and the damages were so small that no one needed our help. This was a welcome surprise as we had our staff on standby ready to respond throughout the whole week. Since each event is different, we should be ready to respond or react, but also focus on the current event in particular.

Each system is important: As Hurricane Dorian moved along the state, FRWA worked with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to monitor the storm, send reports to the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and then assess damages following the storm. As we worked with DEP and the State EOC, there was a major concern for the large systems in the storm's path. However, everyone from DEP, the State EOC, and FRWA were also concerned with the welfare of our small systems. No matter how many people you serve, each system is a vital part of Florida.

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The  Florida Division of Emergency Management Announces $25 Million Availabl e through Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program
September 4, 2019
 Florida Division of Emergency Management
(850) 921-0217,

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced $25 million is now available to communities impacted by Hurricane Michael through the Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program. This grant funding can be used for projects that support hurricane repair and recovery related to Hurricane Michael.

"As we near the anniversary of Hurricane Michael's landfall, it's more important than ever to make sure we continue to support the Panhandle," said FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz. "Over the past year, the people of Northwest Florida have shown tremendous resiliency and I know that with this funding, we will be able to continue to help them in recovery."

Eligible applicants interested in applying for this program must submit a proposal. Eligible applicants include local government, county government, school boards and charter schools. The allowable activities under the Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program are:
* Local or county revenue loss;
* Local or county operating deficits;
* Infrastructure (building, road, bridge, etc.) repair and/or replacement;
* Beach renourishment/recreational facilities; and
* Debris removal.

Proposals must be emailed to the Division at: no later than 5 p.m. on October 1, 2019. Any proposal submitted after the deadline will not be considered for review and funding.
This year's Annual Conference topics included a wealth of information to both the experienced professional and those just starting out in the industry.  Topics included such hot items as "Paper to Digital Transformation", "Solar", and "Asset Management Tools and Plans".  If you weren't able to attend, you can find some of the presentations on our website by clicking here.

Please plan to join us next year in Daytona on August 3-5 as we once again strive to keep you updated on the latest in information and technology at the 41st FRWA Annual Conference.
National News
Rural Electric Co-ops Facing New Federal Taxes Rural electric cooperatives are slowing down construction of broadband networks and renewable energy infrastructure and taking on debt as a 2017 tax law change threatens their traditional tax exemption. more

Congress to Move Continuing Resolution to Avoid October Shutdown Lawmakers are signaling consensus on a short-term continuing resolution to give themselves more time to finalize appropriations bills. more

Congress Likely to Pass PFAS Legislation by October  Lawmakers are signaling consensus on a short-term continuing resolution to give themselves more time to finalize appropriations bills. more

Environmentalists Release Documents They Claim Show PFAS Manufacturers Knew for 70 Years That PFAS Was a Health Threat  They've known for almost that long that PFAS chemicals have a toxic effect on our organs. more
State News
Lift station costs expected to exceed $60 million | Your Observer Expenses associated with the city's Lift Station 87 project continue to climb. more

City of Tampa approves plan to fix aging water mains | WFLA The city of Tampa has approved a 2.9 billion dollar project to fix its aging water mains. more  

Ocean Ridge: State requires small treatment plants to get regular oversight | Coastal Star  There was an audible gasp in the room when residents attending a meeting of Ocean Ridge's Septic to Sewer Citizens Advisory Committee last month heard that sewage effluent from one of the more than 14 "package plants" in town was going directly into the Intracoastal Waterway.  more

Along the Coast: Old septic systems are entrenched in towns but face claims they pollute | Coastal Star When it comes to sewage treatment in Florida, septic systems get no respect.  more

More than 255,000 gallons of sewage spills in Manatee | Herald Tribune Hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage spilled when sanitary sewers overflowed in five places in Manatee County over two days after heavy rains last month, the state reports. more

Heavy rainfall causes sewage issues in Crooked Lake area | Polk News-Sun After five onsite visits, Florida Department of Environmental Protection staff filed a court petition Aug. 27 to force the owners of Crooked Lake Park Sewerage Company to fix an old, privately owned sewage treatment plant near Lake Wales. more

The peak of hurricane season isn't here yet, so don't return those supplies | WTSP  The Tampa Bay area dodged a tropical bullet as Hurricane Dorian slowed down and turned north. That doesn't mean we'll dodge the next one. more

Sen. Cruz takes 'Get the Lead Out' initiative back to the Legislature Sen. Janet Cruz on Wednesday filed legislation aimed at providing clean and safe drinking water in Florida public schools. more
This Week in Water History
1861: Lead Poisoning in Prison

August 30, 1861:  New York Timesheadline -Fifty Prisoners in the County Jail Poisoned by Drinking Water Impregnated with Carbonate of Lead.  "On Tuesday night last, about twenty of the prisoners confined in the Kings County Jail, were seized with vomiting and purging, accompanied by other symptoms, indicating that they had partaken of some deadly poison. Dr. Charles A. Van Zandt, the Jail Physician, was at once sent for by the keepers and by judicious management succeeded in saving the lives of all attacked, numbering, up to yesterday, about 50 of the inmates of the jail. When Dr. Van Zandt examined the first case, he was considerable puzzled to know in what manner the prisoners had been poisoned, but after a while he arrived at the conclusion that it must have been from the Ridgewood water, with which the jail is supplied throughout, in the common lead pipe. Fortunately he hit upon the right cause and was able to neutralize the reflects of the poison. He at once ordered the Ridgewood water to be cut off, and directed that well water - of which there is an abundance on the premises - should be used."

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