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2022 Focus on Change


Time is running out to register for this year’s Focus on Change. This year’s class is more important than ever since we had to cancel last year. What better way to start off the new year than by catching up with the changes in regulations for the past two years and earning 0.6 CEUs!

 This year’s agenda includes several timely topics in the General Session and Breakout Sessions. You are encouraged to take the time to join us for what we anticipate to be an informative Training Seminar. For more information, click here.

 The Florida Rural Water Association is very concerned about your safety while attending this year’s sessions. We will make every effort to follow the CDC guidelines for your safety.

 Classrooms will be set so that you will have ample room to be able to keep a safe distance while being able to get the most from the presentations. In consideration of others, we ask attendees to wear their masks while in the facility. If you do not have a mask, we will be happy to supply one.  

 Hand sanitizer will be available for your use. Please feel free to use it generously and as often as you see fit in order to comply with the CDC guidelines.

 By following the guidelines of the CDC and with your cooperation, FRWA hopes to keep the water and wastewater operators of Florida informed and offer continuing education units at a reasonable price. 

 We look forward to seeing you there!

If you would like to register and for more information, click on the location you wish to attend below.



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Southeastern Livestock Pavilion Extension Auditorium

Florida Gateway College

Fort Walton Beach/Destin Convention Center



Florida Utilities Biosolids Management Survey


Nutrients entering Florida’s water ways are contributing to an increase in algal blooms which impact water quality. Excess Phosphorus from fertilization is a significant contributor. There are a number of sources of the phosphorus including purchased inorganic fertilizer, animal manure and wastewater biosolids that are used in land application programs. Currently approximately 30 percent of Florida’s biosolids are land applied in agricultural applications. A nutrient comparison contained in the National Biosolids Data Project for Florida was published in 2018. The estimated the amount of cropland that could be fertilized if 100 percent of Florida’s wastewater solids were stabilized and used in agriculture would represent approximately 13 percent of the total Phosphorus used in the State and, at a rate of 3 dry tons per acre, be able to fertilize just under 5 percent of the cropland in the state. more

State agencies grapple with worker shortage


Amid a national worker shortage, state agencies are struggling to fill vacant positions and retain employees, including those who care for some of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens. Many employees are leaving state government jobs because they’re overworked and underpaid, according to a presentation Wednesday to a Senate committee. A flood of better-paying positions in the private sector that have opened up following widespread shutdowns during the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated hiring problems, officials from several state agencies told the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee. 



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This Week in Water History


 Thomas Crapper Invents the Flush Toilet


January 13, 1863: Thomas Crapper Invents the Flush Toilet. “It’s almost too perfect. A man named Thomas Crapper invents the world’s first indoor one-piece flushing toilet on this day in history, and the world rejoices. The problem is, it’s not true, particularly that “first” part. Crapper was instrumental in drawing the public’s attention to the product in his London store, which was the world’s first sink, toilet and bath showroom; but his role was more as a salesman, not inventor in this case. An article in “Plumbing and Mechanical Magazine” said Crapper “should best be remembered as a merchant of plumbing products, a terrific salesman and advertising genius.”


It probably didn’t hurt that Mr. Crapper was the official plumber of a few prominent members of the royal family. For instance, he handled all the plumbing and fixtures at Sandringham house, one of the Royal residences, and received Royal warrants from Edward VII and George V.


That said, Crapper did improve the functionality of the toilet. He was a plumber himself, and invented many doo-dads that improved efficiency and sanitation, such as the ballcock, which is the float-triggered flushing mechanism in your toilet… 


…the word ‘crap’ is of Middle English origin, and had nothing to do with poop back in the day. While the exact etymology isn’t known, it’s thought that it likely comes from the Dutch word krappen: to cut or pluck off, and the Old French word crappe: waste or junk. In English, people used the word to refer to weeds or garbage, but it had fallen out of popular usage in the UK by the time Mr. Crapper came along.


The term ‘crap,’ meaning ‘refuse’, stuck around in America though, coming over pre-16th century from England.  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it wasn’t used to mean doo-doo until 1846… 


‘The Crapper’ as a name for the toilet was partially inspired by Thomas Crapper thanks to WWI. The toilets in England at the time were predominately made by the company “Thomas Crapper & Co Ltd”, with the company’s name stamped on them. American soldiers with their still actively used ‘crap’ word, took to calling these toilets ‘The Crapper’ and brought that slang term for the toilet back with them to the United States after the war.”


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