RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….    4/22/20 

Governor Evers Signs Emergency Order Relating to Suspending Rules for DNR-Certified Operators.  Gov. Tony Evers today announced the suspension of certain administrative rules pertaining to certification renewal deadlines, examinations and continuing education requirements for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-certified waterworks, septage servicing, water system, and wastewater treatment plant operators.  https://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=5100

Kaul joins other states insisting the EPA strengthen its proposed rules on PFAS.  A “forever” chemical is drawing the attention of several state attorneys general, including Wisconsin’s Josh Kaul.  https://fox11online.com/news/state/kaul-joins-other-states-insisting-the-epa-strengthen-its-proposed-rules-on-pfas

More wells in Marinette County test positive for elevated levels of PFAS.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources gave its first virtual update on PFAS contamination in the Marinette and Peshtigo area on Wednesday.  https://www.wbay.com/content/news/More-wells-in-Marinette-County-test-positive-for-elevated-levels-of-PFAS–569683041.html

PFAS listening sessions resume.  “So we have 98 wells and more than 75% of them were non-detect (for PFAS),” Bedard said. “So that is encouraging. That is pretty good news for us … the vast majority show little or no presence of PFAS.”  https://ehextra.com/Content/Social/Social/Article/PFAS-listening-sessions-resume/-2/-2/61030

Study of southwest Wisconsin well water continues to indicate contamination.  The most recent results from an ongoing, two-year study of private well water quality in three southwestern Wisconsin counties continue to show contamination from human and livestock waste and pathogens that in some cases can cause severe illness. https://lacrossetribune.com/news/state-and-regional/study-of-southwest-wisconsin-well-water-continues-to-indicate-contamination/article_ed772133-08c9-525f-ba1c-b57ea5f0d2b9.html

Utility pumped 16% less water in La Crosse in past two weeks.  The city of La Crosse water utility reported that it pumped 16% less water into pipes and hydrants in the last two weeks.  https://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/utility-pumped-16-less-water-in-la-crosse-in-past-two-weeks/article_84194d65-2a15-5641-ab00-a51199792bb0.html

National Water Utility Survey | Impacts of COVID-19 Emergency.  NRWA estimates small water and wastewater systems will lose $998 million in revenue by mid-July.  This loss in revenue will not be recovered by utilities and does not include emergency operational costs such as staging additional shifts, isolating staff, modifying procedures for regulatory compliance, purchasing PPE, and additional equipment for remote work.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-2KM7WL39/

A great announcement for “Safer at Home” times about flushing other than the 3 P’s down toilets.  This is available for you to print and give to your customers:  https://www.wwoa.org/news/toilets-not-trashcans/

WRWA now offering on line training.  Look to our new website for more information:  www.wrwa.org

Quote: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.