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February 1, 2017 E-News

FOND DU LAC MAY MANDATE LEAD PIPE REPLACEMENT – Fond du Lac City Council is wrestling with how to deal with the ongoing issue of lead in pipes that bring water into city homes. An ordinance may be in the works that would mandate replacement of private service lines to homes if they contain lead. City council members will make a final decision at their Feb. 8 meeting. Approximately 4,500 residences built prior to 1950 in Fond du Lac are still equipped with lead-contaminated pipes that run from the water main in the street to the residence. Lead is a public health hazard — a poison to ingest. The toxic metal also contaminates public drinking water by leeching into the city’s water system, said public works director Jordan Skiff. The city’s past practice has been to replace public service lines that contain lead while working on street projects or fixing water main breaks. But new guidelines issued in December by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources indicate the disturbance of the line, when the private line is not also replaced, could elevate lead levels for years to come, Skiff said.

EPA RELEASES SAMPLING GUIDANCE FOR UNKNOWN CONTAMINANTS IN DRINKING WATER – EPA released an updated version of its Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water. The guidance provides procedures for conducting routine and baseline monitoring in response to a triggered event and sampling in support of remediation or decontamination efforts.  It brings together recommendations for collecting, storing, preserving and transporting samples of potentially contaminated water. It also provides recommendations to support the detection and identification of many types of contaminants in drinking water.  This guidance can be used to support routine sample collection, in response to a contamination incident or during remediation or decontamination efforts. The recommendations provided in this guidance are not mandatory and may be modified and leveraged as needed to meet the needs of individual utilities, responders and laboratories. The recommendations provided in this document are intended to aid coordination between the utility, emergency response and laboratory communities during the response to a contamination incident.

EPA RELEASES GUIDANCE FOR SAMPLING AND FIELD TESTING DURING WATER CONTAMINATION INCIDENTS – To aid drinking water utilities in preparing for sampling and field testing that could occur during water contamination incidents, EPA released, “Guidance for Building Field Capabilities to Respond to Drinking Water Contamination.”  The guidance outlines basic and advanced field response activities and also provides information pertaining to staffing, quality assurance, and other procedures.  Additionally, the document contains useful resources; downloadable and customizable report forms and templates; supplemental information on the application; and relative costs of field testing instrumentation and test kits.

NATURE CONSERVANCY PROTECTS WETLAND WATER SUPPLY – A conservation group long active in preserving the uncommon cluster of prairie ridges and wetland swales along the Lake Michigan coast in Kenosha County is extending its reach inland to protect sources of water that help sustain rare native plants in the shoreland swales. The Nature Conservancy recently purchased a 58.6-acre property east of state Highway 32 and north of the state line to prevent development and loss of this vital water-holding open space, said Nick Miller, the conservancy’s science director in Wisconsin. Restoration of former wetlands that had been drained for agriculture will boost its rain absorbing capacity, he said.

WRWA’s 2017 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE SEMINAR – This annual event brings in experts from state & local agencies and the water & wastewater industries to discuss ways to prepare for and respond to disaster situations. This year’s agenda includes Regulatory Updates, Challenges in Emergency Management, Dealing with Customers in an Emergency Situation, Emergency Disinfection/Public Notification, Chemical Safety and Risk Assessment/Emergency Response Plans. The seminar is being held in Plover on February 15th, to register go to-

QUOTE– “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

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