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October 26, 2018
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Hurricane Michael

Happy Friday Rural Water! Hurricane Michael has come and gone and left the Panhandle recovering in its wake. Thanks to the efforts of Florida Rural Water Association and many others, the situation has stabilized. Currently, FRWA is helping Mexico Beach, Port Saint Joe, and many other rural communities to recover. These systems suffered damage to drinking water and wastewater systems during the storm. As we all know, without electricity many systems cannot operate. 

FRWA deployed over 35 generators to help systems large and small provided water to their customers. As water was restored to areas, rotation schedules were established to run lift stations to pump wastewater and prevent spills. In some coastal areas, services took longer to recover as repair to mains were required.

Currently, the Panhandle is recovering and doing so quickly. Most systems in Bay County are back on line power and are repairing controls, storage tanks, clarifiers, and other pieces of equipment damaged in the storm. Coastal systems, like Mexico Beach, are still repairing mains for drinking water and sewer systems and are running on generators for the time being. These repairs will take time, but the community is understanding and willing to help.

FRWA could not have helped as much as we did without the support of all of our members. We were overwhelmed by the calls from members pledging help and supplies as needed. Thank you!
Following Michael
Mississippi Rural Water Aids Hurricane-Ravaged Callaway  The streets of Callaway, Fla. are lined with piles of debris with power poles and transformers crumpled in the ditches.  more

How should the Gulf Coast rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Michael?  The sheer devastation along Florida's Gulf Coast last week-especially in the town of Mexico Beach-was shocking after Hurricane Michael tore through.  more

Hurricane Michael: Storm-damaged counties will weigh needs for BP money | Pensacola News Journal Northwest Florida counties digging out and starting to rebuild after Hurricane Michael will be asked to reevaluate their priority lists for BP oil-spill money.  more

Light, water, sewer and garbage back up and running in Panama City after Hurricane Michael | Panama City News Herald And on the 14th day, there was water, light, sewer and garbage.  more

In Hurricane Michael's Wake, Florida Panhandle Faces Steep Path Back To Normal | WFSU More than a week after Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida panhandle, cities and towns are facing the daunting task of trying to rebuild.  more

Liberty County Hurricane Michael recovery information | WJHG  Today, Governor Rick Scott visited the Liberty County Emergency Operations Center in Bristol and has been in constant communication with local officials and emergency management in Liberty County. more

HURRICANE MICHAEL: NEW Gulf County Update, Oct. 21 | Apalachicola Times  Gulf County Emergency Management and this newspaper are committed to getting the most up-to-date information to the citizens of Port Saint Joe, Apalachicola and the surrounding areas. more
National News
Opinion: Editorial: A much-needed win during our water crisis | News-Press We have not celebrated many environmental wins this year. more

USDA Says It Will Deliver On Trump Request For 5% Spending Cut (, Oct. 18) Under orders from President Trump to cut spending by 5 percent, the USDA may try to slash the taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance program,  more
State News
Opinion: We must stay dedicated to saving our water, environment | News-Press Water sustains our families, economy, environment, and food supply. Although water is our most precious natural resource, it is also the one we take most for granted. more

Boil water notice lifted for some parts of Bay County | My Panhandle  Due to the impacts of Hurricane Michael, a county-wide mandatory boil water notice was issued. more
Kathy Castor announces climate change coalition with USF | Florida Politics The University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design's Florida Center for Community Design and Research (FCCDR) is teaming up with community partners to come up with resiliency strategies to deal with climate-related impacts to Florida including red tide, toxic algae blooms and hurricanes.  more

Florida Agriculture Commissioner candidates face off over water  Democrat Nikki Fried, a medical-marijuana lobbyist, had to defend her desire to move the state's oversight of medical marijuana into the agency she wants to run.  more

Congressman Francis Rooney on water quality: 'It's not a pretty sight' | News-Press  Congressman Francis Rooney said the federal government needs to help build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee and fight offshore drilling if it's going to improve and protect water quality in the Sunshine State.   more

Ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Lee water treatment plant | Florida Weekly The public is invited to attend an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the Green Meadows Water Treatment Plant  more
This Week in Water History
Dr. Rupert Blue
October 21, 1914 :  The first numerical drinking water regulations in the U.S. were adopted. "On October 21, 1914, pursuant to the recommendation of the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service [ Dr. Rupert Blue ], the Treasury Department adopted the first standards for drinking water supplied to the public by any common carrier engaged in interstate commerce. These standards specified the maximum permissible limits of bacteriological impurity, which may be summarized as follows: more

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