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February 1, 2019
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2019 Focus on Change
Next week, FRWA kicks off the 2019 Focus on Change with seminars in Ocala and Haines City. There are over five hundred attendees already registered but we still have some room.  If you not able to join us next week, we have upcoming sessions in Niceville, Lake City, Punta Gorda, and Pompano Beach coming up in the next three weeks.

Focus on Change is one of our most popular training sessions.  The Department of Environmental Protection brings the attendees much needed updates to new rules and regulations that affect them.  There will also be many timely topics in the water and wastewater breakout sessions.   You are encouraged to take the time to join us for what we anticipate to be an informative Training Seminar.

There is no charge for admittance for those not wishing to earn CEUs/PDHs, however you must pre-register as seating is limited. If you wish to receive CEUs/PDHs for the session a CEU/PDH processing fee will apply.

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National News
Water sector urges Congress to prioritize water in coming year In January, water sector organizations including the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) joined nearly 100 other national and regional organizations in sending a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership.  more

EPA Agrees with NRWA, Decides Against a Drinking Water Regulation for PFAS On Monday, POLITICO reported that the Trump administration (EPA) will not set a drinking water limit for PFOA and PFOS.   more

Gov't Reopens before Rally!  On Friday, the House and Senate passed unanimously legislation that reopened the government through February 15, 2019, which means the government will be open while you are here in D.C. for the Rally!  more
State News
'Struggling here with just living' in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael More than three months after Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle, communities now are struggling with the storm's financial aftermath. more

South Florida keeps eye on water deficit development    It's not called the dry season for nothing. The annual downturn in consistent precipitation across the Sunshine State is keeping local water management officials on their toes. more

Low Lake Okeechobee levels have some concerned, others hopeful  It was a packed house at Florida Gulf Coast University on Friday at the 28th Annual Southwest Florida Water Resource Conference. more

Melbourne to continue fluoridating water The city of Melbourne will maintain status quo and continue fluoridating drinking water for roughly 170,000 residents across southern Brevard County, News 6 partner Florida Today reported. more

Spending plan  DeSantis eyes $625 million for Florida water issues  After saying he wants to put Florida on a "war footing" in its fight against widespread water pollution, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday began putting dollars behind that pledge.  more

Florida red tide levels are the lowest in more than a year | Herald Tribune It is unknown whether more toxic algae lurks offshore, but conditions have shown notable improvement.  more

Sewage Spills: Hurricane Irma highlighted deficiencies in wastewater treatment | WINK  In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma 88 million gallons of wastewater spilled into state waters, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.  more

Triumph Chairman Gaetz Signals Support For Using Some BP Money For Hurricane Michael Recovery | WFSU Northwest Florida is the site of two of the worst natural disasters in U.S. History: the 2010 BP Oil Spill and last year's devastating Hurricane Michael.  more

The City of Panama City Comment on Water Bill Concern | My Panhandle
 We would like to share an update concerning damage to the City's water meter system and the resulting high water bills. more

'It's all hands on deck' | Northwest Florida Daily News Triumph Gulf Coast Inc., the nonprofit corporation overseeing expenditures of some fiscal damages recovered from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill  more

Damaged water meter system causes incorrect billing among Panama City residents | My Panhandle   Concerned residents reached out to Panama City officials saying their water bills are incorrect and too high.  more

Safe Water For Walton Hosts Their Most Successful Medicine Collection Event | My Panhandle  All of us have that shelf in our medicine cabinet with prescriptions that might be old, expired, or no longer needed, and one group is encouraging you not to flush them down the drain.  more

Jasper to consider water, wastewater rate increases | Suwannee Democrat    The Jasper City Council is considering the possibility of an increase in monthly water and wastewater rates.  more
This Week in Water History
Policemen in Seattle wearing masks made by the Red Cross_ during the influenza epidemic. December 1918.

February 1, 1919:  Article in Municipal Journal. Declares Influenza Cause Is Unknown. "Albany, N. Y.-According to a statement by Dr. Hermann M. Biggs, state commissioner of health, in this state in the month of October alone approximately 32,000 lives were lost, while in the country as a whole 400,000 people are believed to have died of so-called influenza during the months of September, October and November. "It is questionable," says the statement, "if any recorded epidemic has produced in a similar space of time such disastrous results, yet, despite the efforts of an army of research workers both here and abroad, the definite causative agent of the disease remains today unknown. Until proof to the contrary is forthcoming it must be assumed that the epidemic represented a very virulent form of the same disease which has spread throughout the world from time to time for many centuries, and numerous excellent records of which are available for study in medical literature. At the present time there is no exact diagnostic procedure which may be relied upon positively to differentiate epidemic influenza from severe 'colds' accompanied by fever, cough and prostration, and frequently followed by pneumonia, such colds being due to a variety of well-known organisms. Nevertheless there are certain fairly characteristic symptoms in typical cases of epidemic influenza which at present justify a clinical diagnosis of that disease."

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