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March 22, 2019
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Scholarship Opportunity
The March 31st deadline to submit your application for the Curtis E. Lloyd Scholarship is fast approaching.   The Scholarship Program was created by the FRWA Board in 2008 in memory of one of its longest serving Circuit Riders. Curtis Lloyd joined the FRWA staff in1980 and worked for the association for 17 years. He retired in 1997 and stayed active until his untimely death in December 2007. This endowed scholarship fund memorializes Curtis by helping students realize their potential in tomorrow's water or wastewater Industry.

Scholarships are 
given to assist students with tuition, educational fees and/or other expenses. Individual scholarships are will be awarded for up to $1,000.00. Upon completion please submit the application along with a synopsis of the applicant's educational and professional goals with as much specificity as possible. This information may be mailed to FRWA, 2970 Wellington Circle, Tallahassee FL 32309 or emailed to The deadline for application materials is March 31st.   more
2019 Flood Resiliencey Training
Flood resilience is the ability to withstand effects of a flood, minimize damage, and recovery quickly. Water and wastewater utilities are particularly susceptible to flooding which can result in loss of power, damage to critical assets, and disruption of services.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a tool, Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities, to help utilities become more resilient to flooding. 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection in cooporation with the Florida Rural Water Association will be holding workshops in Boca Raton (May 7)and Fort Myers (May 8) to cover the guide, mitigation, flood risks, help identify vulnerable utility assets, identify mitigation actions for utilities, and explore funding for these actions

For more information and to register for the Classes, please click on the links below.
National News
Clean drinking water a bigger global threat than climate change, EPA's Wheeler says Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says that unsafe drinking water -- not climate change -- poses the greatest and most immediate global threat to the environment.  more

House Democrats Eye Water Subsidies But GOP Fears EPA Rate-Setting Role  Key House Democrats are exploring the possibility of creating an EPA program for low-income households to help them pay for water and sewer services, a plan that previously has won bipartisan support in the Senate though House Republicans are questioning whether the plan would give the agency a role in setting local rates.  more
State News
Florida House budget proposal gives governor the environmental money he sought Gov. Ron DeSantis would get nearly all the money he's requested for environmental projects in an initial House budget proposal for next year. more

After years of inaction, septic tanks once again focus in Florida Florida has relied on septic tanks to treat sewage and wastewater for decades, but as the state has grown, the question of overuse and contamination has led lawmakers to push for increased oversight and a shift to sewers where possible. more

Florida Sen. Debbie Mayfield septic tank, wastewater bill amended | TCPalm Florida Sen. Debbie Mayfield has amended her bill that would have moved state oversight of septic tanks from the Department of Health to the Department of Environmental Protection. more

Photos: JEA septic tank phaseout program overview | Action News Jax  There are 65,000 septic tanks in Jacksonville. Some of them have leaked and polluted local waterways. Three years ago, the city launched a program to address the problem. Now, the first construction work is about to dig in.  more

WATCH: Rep. Randy Fine's Anti-Sewage-Spill Bill Passes Unanimously in House Committee Vote | Space Coast Daily  Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, made an inspired closing speech before his raw sewage bill passed unanimously last week before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. more
This Week in Water History
March 17, 1909:  Drinking water chlorination begun at Poughkeepsie, New York. Chlorine was tested at the Poughkeepsie, New York filter plant in early February 1909 but the application of chlorine on a permanent basis at Poughkeepsie did not begin until March 17, 1909. Therefore, the Poughkeepsie water supply was the third example of  chlorine disinfection in the U.S. and the first time that chlorine was used as an adjunct to slow sand filtration. George C. Whipple suggested the third application of chlorine to a water supply in a report to the City.  As noted in The Chlorine Revolution:
Water Disinfection and the Fight to Save Lives, W

hipple was on the opposite side from Dr. John L. Leal in the two J ersey City trials.  Poughkeepsie, NY is a medium-sized city that is located on the Hudson River about 70 miles north of New York City.
Whipple recommended that the coagulant preceding the slow sand filter at Poughkeepsie be replaced with chloride of lime, which began as a test on February 1, 1909.  On March 17, 1909, continuous chlorination was begun using a permanent chemical feeding apparatus.

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