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April 27, 2016 E-News

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY – On April 30, 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) will coordinate a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative throughout Wisconsin. The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day goal is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal of prescription medications, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. Unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused.  Unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain. Removing potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances from our state’s medicine cabinets helps to prevent them from going into our water supply. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all of them and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes around the world. For information on locations, go to

GREAT LAKES OFFICIALS TRIM WAUKESHA’S WATER REQUEST – The City of Waukesha’s request for more than 10 million gallons a day of Lake Michigan water was cut substantially by representatives of Great Lakes states and provinces meeting Friday in Chicago.  Waukesha’s plan to pump up to an average of 10.1 million gallons a day by midcentury will be trimmed to an average of 8.2 million gallons a day after the Great Lakes officials removed portions of three neighboring communities from a future water service area to receive lake water, as a condition of the regional group’s acceptance of the request. Portions of the towns of Delafield and Genesee and generally the southern half of the Town of Waukesha were taken out of the water service area previously delineated by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. Waukesha’s requested lake water supply would serve its existing city boundaries, small pieces of the Town of Waukesha, as well as a portion of the City of Pewaukee included under an existing border agreement.

BALDWIN: FEDS NEED TO HELP WITH LEAD PIPES – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Friday said the federal government must ensure communities like Green Bay have safe drinking water and an overall strong water infrastructure. Baldwin is a sponsor of the Testing, Removal and Updated Evaluations of Lead Everywhere in American for Dramatic Enhancements that Restore Safety of Homes, Infrastructure and Pipes Act of 2016. The act addresses the nation’s need to develop water technology, such as sensors in pipes to report when water is unsafe, in addition to removing lead pipes that put residents at risk of lead poisoning. She said the replacement pipes also must be made in the United States.

DEVELOPER MUST TAKE UNUSUAL STEP OF MEASURING STORMWATER POLLUTION – A Dane County developer has agreed to take the unusual step of measuring the pollution created by a planned housing development in addition to the standard practice of providing computer projections predicting that state water quality standards will be met. Fitchburg Lands LLC agreed to set up four water monitoring stations in response to public concerns that sensitive wetlands around Lake Waubesa could be harmed by storm water and pollutants running off streets and hundreds of homes that are to be built just south of the Beltline. In a lawsuit settlement signed last week by state and local officials, the developer agreed to monitor storm water and the state Department of Natural Resources increased the development zone to 511 acres.

SOME STATES, UTILITIES BALK AT DISCLOSING LOCATIONS OF LEAD WATER PIPES – Some states and water utilities are balking at the Environmental Protection Agency’s call to post inventory information online about the number and locations of risky lead pipes in their systems, according to a review of documents obtained from 49 states by the USA TODAY NETWORK. Drinking water regulators in about a dozen states expressed varying degrees of resistance or concerns about the EPA’s directive encouraging water systems to voluntarily give consumers easy access to what utilities know about homes receiving drinking water through lead service lines, a key indicator of whether a home’s tap water could be contaminated and whether utilities are complying with testing regulations.

REPORT: HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH SPRAYING MANURE VARY DEPENDING ON SITUATION – The health risks associated with spraying manure on fields versus more conventional spreading vary widely, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Spraying manure, known as manure irrigation, has caused concern because the spray can drift, making airborne any illness-causing pathogens present in the manure. But the study, by the Wisconsin Manure Irrigation Workgroup, indicates the risk of an acute gastrointestinal illness from such airborne pathogens ranges from 1 in 100 to 1 in 100,000, depending on the situation. The risk of illness depends on the type and amount of pathogens present, how far the irrigation is taking place from populated areas, and how often the irrigation is done, said Mark Borchardt, a microbiologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

25TH ANNUAL WATER SUPPLY REGULATORY AFFAIRS SEMINAR – Don’t miss this annual event that is hosted cooperatively with WRWA, MEG-Water, AWWA, DNR and PSC on May 4th in Madison WI. This year’s seminar includes sessions on the Waukesha Great Lakes Diversion Application, DNR Regulatory Update, Impact Fees, PSC Water Rate-Making, Annual Reporting, the Flint MI Water Crisis, National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) Recommendations on Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule, Water Loss Panel, Best Practices to Manage Non-Revenue Water, Methods Used to Allocate Public Fire Protection Costs, Legislative Update and Construction Authorization Panel. For a copy of the agenda and registration information go to

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