FRWA eNews
January 21, 2021
Florida Rural Water Association
2970 Wellington Circle
Tallahassee FL 32309
850.668.2746
Flushing Signs
Upcoming Training
02.02/.03/.10/.11.21
1/2/3 Water Distribution Certification/St Augustine
02.17.21
Advanced Electrical Troubleshooting and Safety Awareness/ Newberry
02.18.21
 Advanced Electrical Troubleshooting and Safety Awareness/ Webster
03.04.21
Sustainable Utility Management/Fanning Springs
04.20-.23.21
1/2/3 Water Distribution Certification/Santa Rosa Beach
05.04-.06.21
B/C/D DW Certification Review/Lake City
09.07-08.21
B/C Wastewater Certification Review/Punta Gorda
11.02-03.21
B/C Wastewater Certification Review/Tavares
 
12.07-08.21
B/C Wastewater Certification Review/Panama City
Online Training
Proposed Amendments to Direct Potable Reuse Rules
A virtual public workshop was held by webinar on January 14, 2021, to receive comments on proposed amendments to several water and wastewater rules regarding Direct Potable Reuse.  The proposed amendments are an effort to update information, correct regulatory references, clarify current language, and require electronic submittal of annual reuse reports through the business portal.

CEU Training 
In an effort to offer the operators of Florida an opportunity to secure needed CEUs by the April 30, 2021 deadline, FRWA will be offering a Water/Wastewater Class throughout the state during March and April.  The class will cover topics that pertain to both water, wastewater, and distribution systems and provide 0.6 CEUs to attendees. To have CEUs posted to DEP's website by the April 30th deadline, payment for the class must be received prior to the class, attendance confirmed by sign in sheet at the class, and a complete CEU form submitted.

In order to adhere to the CDC Guidelines regarding COVID-19 restrictions some of the classes below are being held on multiple days in the same location.  FRWA will make every effort to adhere to the CDC Guidelines to keep our attendees safe.
DATECITYLOCATION
March 8, 2021Punta GordaCharlotte Harbor Event Center
March 9, 2021Pompano BeachEmma Lou Olson Civic Center
March 10, 2021Pompano BeachEmma Lou Olson Civic Center
March 22, 2021OcalaMarion County Ag Center
March 23, 2021OcalaMarion County Ag Center
March 24, 2021Haines CityLake Eva Community Center
April 6, 2021Fort Walton BeachDestin-Fort Walton Beach Ctr.
April 8, 2021Lake CityGateway College
Please be patient as we are still in the planning stages of these events. Agendas and registration are not available at this time. Additional information will be announced through eNews and on our website as it becomes available.
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is asking for your support 
As the nation's risk advisor, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is asking for your support with our cybersecurity campaign, Reduce the Risk of Ransomware, a focused, coordinated and sustained effort over the next several months. Our goal is to help reduce the instances of public and private sector organizations and businesses falling victim to a ransomware attack. We know this is a shared goal with all our stakeholders and partners.
 
Ransomware incidents have become more destructive and impactful in nature and scope. Malicious actors engage in lateral movement to target critical data and propagate ransomware across entire networks. These actors also increasingly use tactics, such as deleting system backups, that
make restoration and recovery more difficult or infeasible for impacted organizations. According to "The Cost of Malicious Cyber Activity to US Economy," (February 2018), White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), estimates that the cost to the U.S. economy was between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016 alone. The economic and reputational impacts of ransomware incidents, throughout the initial disruption and, at times, extended recovery, have also proven challenging for organizations large and small.  more
National News
What's In Your Water? When is the last time you took a moment to stop, and smell your water?  more

Water Quotes From Famous People  In my last post, Water Quotes from Movies and Films, and during our Water We Talking About?  more

A New Way To Find Toxic Disinfection Byproducts In Drinking Water Only 11 byproducts from water disinfection are currently regulated in drinking water, and environmental engineer Carsten Prasse says there's more that must be done. 
Assessing Best Practices For Water Distribution Systems The state of U.S. water distribution infrastructure - as shown by this infographic - ranges from aging to ancient, with nearly a quarter-million breaks occurring annually in the 1.2 miles of water mains serving the U.S. population. more

EPA's 2020 Year in Review Highlights Agency Accomplishments, Environmental Progress Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2020 Year in Review outlining major accomplishments and environmental progress over the past fiscal year (FY), calendar year, and four years. more

Number Of People Suffering Extreme Droughts Will Double, According To Study Michigan State University is leading a global research effort to offer the first worldwide view of how climate change could affect water availability and drought severity in the decades to come.  more

How One Company Created An Easy, Affordable Way To Stop Wipes From Damaging Sewers And Pumping Stations Toilet paper. The most essential product necessary to life besides food and water. more

Reverse Osmosis Application Bulletin Osmosis is the phenomenon of lower dissolved solids in water passing through a semi-permeable membrane into higher dissolved solids water until a near equilibrium is reached. more

President-elect Joe Biden Prioritizes Water Related Policies -  Environmental Justice and Climate Change - for Action in First Days in Office For more than a year and a half, President-elect Joe Biden campaigned promising to undo several Trump administration policies on Day 1 of his presidency, and now his team is filling in the details of that and more as he prepares to take office. more

Energy costs often make up 25 to 30 percent of a water utility's total O&M costs and are the largest controllable cost of providing water and wastewater services   EPA works with utilities to manage and reduce costs, using the steps described in its Energy Management Guidebook for Wastewater and Water Utilities. more

NRDC just announced its suit against EPA over the new lead drinking water rule for environmental justice concerns  Senator Kamala Harris (CA) and a dozen other Senate Democrats are sponsoring legislation with multiple environmental justice (EJ) water provisions that align with the environmental platform of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. more

Oregon Association of Water Utilities Executive Director Shares Photos of City of Tillamook and City of Nehalem Flooded from Heavy Winds, Rain and King Tides more

Bill Gates Goes Rural - Farmland Purchasers Make Him U.S. Largest Farm Owner Bill Gates, the fourth richest person in the world and a self-described nerd who is known for his early programming skills rather than his love of the outdoors, has been quietly snatching up 242,000 acres of farmland across the U.S. - enough to make him the top private farmland owner in America. more

Charleston Water System Sues Manufacturers and Retailers of 'Flushable' Wipes Over Clogged Sewer Lines The product liability lawsuit targets companies such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Costco, CVS, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart more

Over 600 Groups Urge Biden to Halt Water Shutoffs through Emergency Executive Order on Day 1  The groups recommend the CDC use its authority under the Public Health Service Act to enact a national moratorium on disconnections. more
State News
Springs Protection and Alternative Water Supply Grants  Anticipated funds announced for springs restoration, alternative water supply projects. more 

Borrow pits endanger drinking wells | Gulf Breeze News Over the past several months, Santa Rosa's politics have been inflamed by heated debates concerning the county's water supply. more

Tom Green knows more than 'water is wet' after 46 years in public works | Echo Pilot Tom Green could run a backhoe when he started working for the Borough of Greencastle in 1974, but he said the only thing he knew about water was that it was wet. more
This Week in Water History

Canton, Mississippi Well and Syracuse, NY Sewage Disposal


January 19, 1918:  Municipal Journal article-Well Drilling by Canton Water Department. "The superintendent of the Canton, Miss., electric light and water works, J. T. Sharp, Jr., furnishes the following information, with accompanying photograph, describing work done recently in drilling a new well for the water supply. The water works is owned and operated by the city under a commission, being now in its 13th year. A complete well-drilling outfit forms a part of its equipment, by which the city is able to drill deep wells and do any well repairing that is necessary. Two sources of supply are available to the city, one at 1,020 ft. deep which will rise 12 ft. above the surface, and another at a depth of 375 ft. which will rise to a level of 14 ft. below the surface. A well tapping the latter supply drops only 23 ft. when yielding 300 to 350 gallons per minute, or to a point 37 ft. below the surface."

January 19, 1918:  Municipal Journal article-Well Drilling by Canton Water Department. "The superintendent of the Canton, Miss., electric light and water works, J. T. Sharp, Jr., furnishes the following information, with accompanying photograph, describing work done recently in drilling a new well for the water supply. The water works is owned and operated by the city under a commission, being now in its 13th year. A complete well-drilling outfit forms a part of its equipment, by which the city is able to drill deep wells and do any well repairing that is necessary. Two sources of supply are available to the city, one at 1,020 ft. deep which will rise 12 ft. above the surface, and another at a depth of 375 ft. which will rise to a level of 14 ft. below the surface. A well tapping the latter supply drops only 23 ft. when yielding 300 to 350 gallons per minute, or to a point 37 ft. below the surface."

For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here.
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2970 Wellington Circle
Tallahassee FL 32309
850.668.2746