RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….   8/3/2022

NEW PFAS ADMINISTRATIVE RULES NOW IN EFFECT.  If the PFAS compounds are found at levels higher than allowed by the standards in either drinking water or regulated discharges to surface water, steps to reduce the contamination will be required.  ​​​New PFAS Administrative Rules Now In Effect | Wisconsin DNR

Groundwater panel planned at Platteville library.  Researchers from University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey tested 978 water samples taken in 2018 and 2019 from 816 private wells in Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties. Results showed that 32% of those 816 wells were contaminated by nitrates or coliform bacteria. Follow-up tests on 138 of those wells revealed that 46% were contaminated by human wastewater, 24% by cattle manure and 9% by pig manure.  ​​Groundwater panel planned at Platteville library | Tri-state News | telegraphherald.com

DNR RELEASES ANNUAL DRINKING WATER REPORT.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently published its 2021 Annual Drinking Water Report. The report features statewide efforts that help public water systems provide safe and adequate drinking water supplies despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges.  ​​​DNR Releases Annual Drinking Water Report | Wisconsin DNR

WRWA Expo is nearly here.  And without too much road construction!  This one is gearing up to be a good one.  Excellent training in 2 classrooms, lots of vendors with the newest technology and the chance to get your hands on it.  We even have the safety shoe truck coming!  For agendas and registration go to our website:  ​​​​Outdoor Expo – WRWA

Special note this week:  Since the EPA has recently released updated suggested limits for several PFAS compounds, it has become apparent that any detect will result in treatment for PFAS in drinking water.  So, WRWA has decided to recommend that any public water system that is considering testing their water for PFAS,  should test.  This opens the door to complete open honesty to their customers.  Testing will show that the municipality either has PFAS (at even a number below the present 70 ppt), or does not.  This will show your customers that either they do not have to worry, or that there will indeed be a large expense coming for treatment or new wells.

Personally, I believe that the majority of drinking water utilities in the state will test negative at 70 ppt, but some will have results above 0.004 ppt.  How this will affect compliance is unknown.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

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