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September 28, 2018
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USDA Disaster Assistance Grants for Hurrincane Irma
Up to 100% grant for water utilities damaged by Irma in the form of reimbursement of expenses incurred!

USDA Rural Utilities Service has $163,475,000 grant funds available for repairs to drinking water systems and sewer and solid waste disposal systems impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, see the announcement here. Applications will be accepted on a continual basis until funds are exhausted.

What are the Disaster Grant amounts?
Grant amounts are based on Median Household Income (MHI) according to the American Community Survey (ACS) five-year data (2006-20 10).
  • 100% Grant, if population served is less than the poverty or 80% of State MHI
  • 75% Grant, if population served is more than 80% or less than 100% of State MHI
  • 45% Grant, if population served is more than 100% of State MHI
Who is eligble for Disaster Grant?
Systems applying must be public entities. This includes municipalities, counties, special purpose districts, Native American Tribes and corporations not operated for profit, including cooperatives, with up to 50,000 population and rural areas with no population limits. Applying system must demonstrate:
  • A financial hardship impact to its operations and customers as a result of repairs.
  • That they possess the technical, managerial, and financial capability necessary to consistently comply with pertinent Federal and State laws and requirements.
  • Be current on the repayment of all debts at the time they are due.
What Disaster Grant uses are eligible?

Grant funds may only be used to repair damages to drinking water systems or sewer and solid waste disposal systems caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria. If repairs to a system are not economically feasible or cost-effective due to the extent of the damage caused by a hurricane, USDA will consider replacement (as opposed to repair) on a case-by-case basis.

Reimbursement must be justified by a clear demonstration of financial hardship to the system or its customers due to the use of its own funds or commercial credit to make such repairs or replacement. For such repairs and replacements already made to restore service, grants may be awarded to reimburse applicants for expenses incurred by the applicant. These expenses must have been incurred within two years from the date of the covered hurricane.

There shall be no reimbursement for repairs or replacements made or financed through the use of other Federal funds - no double dipping.  more
SRWMD Accepting New Project Proposals
To Interested Stakeholders

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is gearing up to accept new project proposals for the District's 2019 cycle RIVER and SPRINGS Cost Share Program.

RIVER - (Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources) local government cost-share program (project portal)

The RIVER local government cost-share program was developed to provide county governments, municipalities, water supply authorities, and other interested units of local government with an opportunity to obtain cost-share funding for projects that enhance or address the District's core mission of managing water supply, water quality, flood protection, and natural systems. Projects that are eligible for cost-share funds are those that:
* conserve our water supply,
* protect springs,
* develop alternative water supplies,
* advance aquifer recharge,
* improve water quality,
* enhance or restore natural systems,
* provide improved flood protection.

SPRINGS - State Springs Grant Program (project portal)

The District is accepting project proposals for state springs grants. Funds may be used for land acquisition or capital improvement projects that protect the quality and quantity of water that flows from springs
Eligible projects include but are not limited to:
* Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs)
* Water Conservation
* Hydrologic Restoration
* Land Acquisition
* Reuse
* Wastewater Collection and treatment
* Stormwater
* Other Water Quality
* Other Water Quantity  
National News
Tools for Resiliency   September is National Preparedness Month, which means states and utilities are reminded to be proactive and prepare for disasters or emergencies that pose a risk to health or the environment.  more

History of Chlorination   Today (9/26) marks the 110th year of chlorinating drinking water in the United States. more

GAO Report Says EPA Should Share More Lead Service Line Information  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report today on how data about lead service lines are being shared. more
State News
Cape reports water quality 'headway'   As another week of fighting toxic water events across Lee County passes, some progress has been reported for canal waters due to increased mitigation efforts from Cape Coral and county officials.   more

Orange County launches site to help homeowners understand new septic rules in Wekiva Basin Orange County government launched a new page on its web site this week to help homeowners understand confusing new septic rules  more

ECUA approves 4 percent rate increase for water and sewer customers  The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority board voted 3-2 Thursday afternoon to approve a 4 percent rate increase for water and sewer customers that will go into effect Monday.  more

Water district budget set at $813 million, Caloosahatchee reservoir gets $146 million  Water managers finalized the 2018-19 budget Tuesday at a meeting in West Palm Beach. more

Line Break Causing Water Service Problems and Boil Water Notice   A water line break in the area of State 390 and College and Harvard boulevards caused a water service interruption affecting to up to 300 Bay County Utilities customers, Bay County officials said Tuesday.   more

Orlando's 1000 miles of flushing, draining problems and how you can help  There are over 1,000 miles of sanitary sewage collection system, and between 40 to 50 million gallons of wastewater is processed each day, just in the city of Orlando.  more

This Week in Water History
September 27, 1973:   Radiation Traced to Atom Plant in Colorado. The Colorado Health Department has found radioactive contamination in Broomfield's drinking water supply and has traced the source to waste dumps at the Atomic Energy Commission's nuclear weapons factory at Rocky Flats, five miles to the west. Tritium, or radioactive hydrogen, was found in the town's water in concentrations 10 times the normal background radiation level.

For more articles on what went on this week in water history, click here
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