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March 16, 2016 E-News

SEN. TAMMY BALDWIN INTRODUCES WATER-RELATED LEGISLATION – Adding to the conversation around safe drinking water that is going on in the halls of Congress, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced her own water-related legislation, her office said Monday.  The U.S. Senate has been working to deliver an aid package to Flint, Mich., where water in aging pipes has resulted in lead poisoning. Flint’s problems have opened up a broader debate about the condition of drinking water infrastructure and water policies around the country. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that it would take $384 billion of spending by 2030 to continue providing clean drinking water to all Americans. “Flint is not alone; there are many other communities across the United States that face serious challenges,” Baldwin, a Democrat, said in a news release. “With technological innovation, we could have better solutions to confront water problems.” Among those problems, Baldwin said, are lead safety, phosphorus reduction, and treatment of bacteria and nitrates. http://www.jsonline.com/business/baldwin-introduces-water-related-legislation-b99687039z1-371991061.html

1,700 GREEN BAY HOMES HAVE LEAD SERVICE LINES – More than 1,700 Green Bay homeowners received notices this week that they could have unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water. The letters were delivered as the Green Bay Water Utility considers spending up to $8 million to replace the lead pipes that supply water to these homes and are the source of potential contamination. The utility has known about the pipes for decades and has been working to mitigate the problem since 2011, when testing revealed elevated lead levels in the tap water of some homes. Lead exposure, even at low levels, can cause brain and organ damage, as well as developmental delays, in children, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Lead service lines running from city water mains to people’s homes were once commonplace. Lead pipes were last installed in Green Bay in 1944, but they still exist in the city’s oldest neighborhoods. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2016/03/11/1700-green-bay-homes-may-have-lead-water/81314316/

WISCONSIN’S TORNADO & SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEKGovernor Walker has declared April 11-15, 2016 as Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week. Wisconsin Emergency Management, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have once again teamed up to sponsor the statewide tornado drill scheduled for Thursday, April 14. For the first time, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 to give families and businesses a chance to test their emergency severe weather plans. Earlier in the day, a mock tornado watch will be issued at 1:00 p.m. and a mock tornado warning will be issued at 1:45 p.m. Many radio and TV stations across the state will issue the test tornado warnings. In addition, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens. http://emergencymanagement.wi.gov/news/2016/Tornado_2016_Media_Packet.pdf

WISCONSIN STRONTIUM LEVELS AMONG HIGHEST IN U.S. DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES – For the past six years, Michael Schnur and his family have been drinking bottled water. Already concerned that pollutants from the coal ash landfill near his home in Sheboygan County might be leaching into his private well, Schnur became even more fearful last year when he received a letter from the state Department of Health Services. It warned that elevated levels of a little-known, unregulated element — strontium — were found in his drinking water. In follow-up email correspondence, the DHS said the landfill was not impacting Schnur’s water and that strontium occurs naturally in the groundwater. Schnur was advised to install a water softener, which works by replacing minerals like calcium, magnesium and strontium with sodium. http://wisconsinwatch.org/2016/03/wisconsin-strontium-levels-among-highest-in-u-s-drinking-water-supplies/

EPA ANNOUNCES WATER & POWER RESILIENCY WEBINAR – To be held on March 17, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 pm EDT. EPA’s Water Security Division will be hosting the webinar on power resiliency at drinking water and wastewater utilities. EPA recently released the Power Resilience Guide for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities and the Power to Keep Water Moving video. This webinar will highlight the guide and next steps in increasing power resilience at water utilities.  It will include discussions on: EPA’s next steps in promoting power resilience and addressing critical interdependencies with the Emergency Services Sector, how water utilities can coordinate engage with electric utilities and other stakeholders in promoting resiliency efforts, and how other federal agencies and departments and other critical infrastructure sectors benefit from power resilience at drinking water and wastewater utilities. To register for the webinar, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-epa-water-power-resilience-webinar-epa-guide-next-steps-tickets-22489385357

WRWA ANNUAL TECHNICAL CONFERENCE – Less than two weeks until the WRWA 28th Annual Technical Conference is held March 29 – April 1 in Green Bay. Over 1,000 attendees already registered; 210 exhibit booths with tons of new products, information and technology; join LeRoy Butler at the opening session and awards presentation; Comedy Sportz entertainment and Sportsman’s Raffle prize drawings at the banquet; poster & water taste contests; and over 40-hours of training sessions throughout the week with information for everyone in the water & wastewater industries. You won’t want to miss this conference! For information, go to http://www.wrwa.org/2014-annual-technical-conference/

QUOTE – “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –  Confucius

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