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June 15, 2018
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Your 2018-2019 FRWA Membership Directory should be arriving in the mail in a few weeks.  You will want to check it out for a complete list of services offered by FRWA.  The Directory includes information essential to the water and wastewater industry. Please keep it handy as a quick reference to services and products that you need.

For a sneak peek, click on the logo below.

A Florida City has had a recent bad run related to leaks
The Florida Rural Water Association has recently assisted a City in Florida who will remain nameless, upon request, with locating 3 leaks in the last week. We were taking pictures of the location and storm drain was allowing the largest leak to escape without surfacing when we were asked; "Wait what are you doing?" "We don't want to be on the cover of your next FRWA magazine!" So this City shall remain nameless and hope their bad run doesn't continue.

The story on bad run begins last week with City coming to the FRWA office to borrow a leak detector. We asked if they needed help along with the leak detector and they said only the equipment was needed as they has leak isolated but wanted to make sure they turned off the least amount of folks to fix the leak. In the end it was pinpointed to a galvanized line and only affected 3 customers so new service was run to those customers off a main line and the galvanized line was abandoned. This was a great decision as the line ran under a State Highway and it wasn't likely going to be the last time they had problems with this old line.   more
2018 Annual Conference

August 6, 7, and 8, 2018
Hilton Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach FL 32118
Reservations:  386.254.8200 or

The summer is just beginning and it looks like it's going to be a hot one!  What a wonderful way to spend the evening relaxing and enjoying the scenery on the beach after a busy day of attending classes at this year's FRWA Annual Conference.

The Conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Daytona Beach/Ocean Walk Village in exciting Daytona Beach, Florida with the room rates starting at $109.00 (this rate does not include an additional $5.00 per day for self parking) plus tax. You will want to bring the entire family to take advantage of all the amenities that Daytona Beach has to offer. Hurry and make your reservation by the July 22nd deadline by calling 386.254.8200 (M-F/9-5) or go online at and mention Florida Rural Water to take advantage of the great room rate!

The tentative Agenda is out for the FRWA Annual Conference.  This year's agenda includes a host of interesting topics that range from "The Benefits of Mapping and Asset Management" to a presentation on FlaWARN including pertinent information to keep your system on line in case of an emergency.  For tenative agenda, click  here .

For more information, click here .  See you in Daytona!
This Week in Water History
June 9, 2013:   Celebration of Centennial of Activated Sludge Process. "On June 9-11, the Water Environment Federation convened the forum, "Activated Sludge on its 100th Birthday: Challenges and Opportunities." The event was held at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first patent of the activated sludge process near Boston. The Activated Sludge process is still the heart of modern wastewater treatment systems around the globe and was a sea-change in the burgeoning field of wastewater treatment, permitting wastewater treatment to occur in a much smaller footprint, saving space and treatment time while protecting public and environmental health. In the past 100 years, the process has been updated, modified, and augmented, to improve treatment, remove nutrients, and do so more efficiently. However, more stringent demands and resources challenges are necessitating another look at the process that has been the backbone of modern sanitation infrastructure."

For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here
State News
Plan for Everglades reservoir may be in jeopardy Disagreements between the federal and state governments could slow the planning and approval of a reservoir project expected to reduce releases to the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. more

Apollo Beach desalination facility could be future of Florida's water supply  Florida may be surrounded by oceans, but the state's drinking water supply is far from endless. more

Florida breaks century-old rain record during 'gloomy' May A fat jet of tropical air took aim at Florida last month, breaking a more than century-old record for the wettest May statewide and helping muster an early  tropical cyclone named Alberto. more

Lakeland names new water utilities director The city named its new director of water utilities Tuesday, promoting the assistant director, Bill Anderson, to the leadership position. more

Wastewater Collections Division plans to complete Lakeland sewer project by June 20  The City of Lakeland Wastewater Collections Division will be rehabilitating a sewer main along the south side of Griffin Road. more

DEP celebrates groundbreaking of Ocala Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park The Florida Department of Environmental Protection joined the St. Johns River Water Management District, the city of Ocala and local representatives at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ocala Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park.  more

Collier County pushes to move hundreds of homes to sewer system Naples City Council will decide Wednesday whether to install a new sewer and storm water system that would cost each household $18,000. more

PCB council purchasing land for new wastewater plant  Planning for growth, Beach City Council members at Thursday's meeting approved an agreement to purchase land for a new wastewater treatment facility.  more

JEA CEO proposes earmarking land sale proceeds for infrastructure issues On Tuesday evening, the Jacksonville City Council approved incentives for The District, a 30-acre Southbank development on the site of the former JEA Southside Generating Station. more

Naples City Council rejects sewer system proposal for homes Naples City Council decided to pull the plug on a new sewer system after hours of discussion Wednesday. more

City of Palm Bay Utilities Department Annual Water Quality Report Now Available The City of Palm Bay Utilities Department has released its Annual Water Quality Report detailing testing performed on the water system during 2017.  more

Agriculture commissioner candidates weigh in on water issues   Maintaining Florida's water supply, while balancing the growing needs of residents, farmers, tourists and businesses, is a priority for the candidates seeking to replace Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. more

Opinion: Possible water war would be waste of money  All the recent posturing by the Peace River Water Authority, the Polk Regional Water Cooperative (PRWC), the Winter Haven City Commission and Polk County government has created a bit of a controversy over water. more

Apopka cuts water loss with new 'smart' meters as part of $4.6 million upgrade  Apopka still can't account for millions of gallons of lost water every month, but it's finding more every day. more
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