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August 9 , 2019
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If you were in the FlaWARN meeting at the FRWA Conference you know that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), UF TREEO, and the Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA) have combined their efforts to merge the information in Storm Tracker and FlaWARN to create a more user friendly database.  The application is coming right along, however there is one problem - What do we call it?  

This is where you come in!  FRWA along with FDEP and UF TREEO is launching a contest for a name for the app.  There will be a $100.00 gift card awarded to the winner.  To enter, simply submit your suggest(s) to

Good luck!.
FRWA Annual Conference
In Review
Click on the video below to share our memories of this year's 2019 Annual Conference.


Wow!  What an exciting way to celebrate forty years!  This year's Annual Conference surpassed all expectations!  With a sold out Exhibit Hall and over fifty training topics, this years attendees were kept busy!  From the first attendee that registered until the last box was loaded into the FRWA trailer, it was non stop.  Of course with all the food and over $5000 in prizes there was never a dull moment.  

The Preconference Training is always popular and this year was no exception.  This year's classes included the ever popular Disbribution Services License Certification that was welcomed by all.

The Opening Session on Tuesday brought us up to date on what is happening with FRWA as well as the industry nationally.  Our long time members were recognized.  We would like to thank all of them for their support of FRWA.  The elite of the elite in the Forida water industry were present as we recognized the FRWA Award winners for 2019.  This all led up to our guest speaker, Fred Schafer with Eagle Talent that delivered an exciting presentation on how we can "Strike Back at Mediocrity".

After enjoying the buffet, the attendees had their choice of five different tracks with different training topics each hour to choose from.  The evening came to an end with our Exhibitor Social where the City of Stuart was recognized as the winner of the Best Tasting Water Contest.

After enjoying a Contenental Breakfast on Wednesday morning the attendees returned to their classes to top off the Conference.

We are still unpacking so next week the FRWA eNews will have more details available.  Don't miss it! 
National News
USDA invests in rural water, wastewater infrastructure in 24 states | Albany Herald Investments will benefit 133,000 residents in rural communities. more

EPA Issues New Security Guidance and Security Templates: On August 1, EPA released their "Baseline Information on Malevolent Acts for Community Water Systems," a document for water systems to use to identify and take steps to reduce the risk they will experience if a particular threat occurs or deter a threat from occurring. more

Australian Federal Court Rules that Kimberly-Clark's Flushable Wipes Are Flushable: The Federal Court found the wipes are not the only contributing factor to sewage blockages. more

Democratic Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson Links Drinking Water Contamination in Flint and South Carolina with Racism, Hatred and Physical Forces During Debate - "Just the tip of the iceberg," (CNN Video)

Reporter Finds Some Details of New EPA Lead standards New EPA Lead Standards to Give Utilities Wide Latitude more
State News
Sarasota and Manatee administrators discuss shared issues | Herald Tribune  With the population of Sarasota and Manatee counties now exceeding 800,000, officials in the adjoining jurisdictions find themselves talking more and more about the same issues, priorities and concerns. more

Opinion: Plan to draw huge amount of water from Florida spring sparks concern | TCPalm  Environmentalists in north central Florida are alarmed by a request to withdraw as much as 1.152 million gallons of water a day from Ginnie Springs in Gilchrist County. more

The Bay County Commission has adopts Hurricane Michael recovery task force plan | Panama City News Herald  The Bay County Commission adopted its Hurricane Michael long-term recovery task force plan on Tuesday.more

Commission hopefuls tackle water rates | Apalachicola Times The city has embarked on a seven-year effort regarding its water-and-sewer rates, designed to end the existing default and repay millions of dollars owed the state. more

Peace River water authority extending pipelines and raising rates | Herald Tribune  An agency that provides drinking water to Sarasota, Charlotte and Desoto counties and the city of North Port is proceeding with plans to extend its network of pipelines and construct a third reservoir to expand its supply. more

Boil water order still in place for portion of Las Olas Isles | Sun Sentinel Residents of six streets in Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas Isles neighborhood are still advised to boil water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes, city officials said Saturday. more

Melbourne's latest test finds drinking water free of algae toxins | Florida Today Melbourne officials announced today that the most recent tests this week of Lake Washington and of the city's drinking water show the water is free of algae toxins that have been lingering in the lake, lately. more
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