RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….  1/6/2021

EPA Requires Lead Testing For Schools, Day Care Centers, But Fails To Speed Up Lead Line Removal.  Public water supplies will have to test schools and day care centers for lead in drinking water under an overhaul of a rule finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But critics say the changes fail to speed up replacement of lead pipes that wear away and pollute drinking water.  EPA Requires Lead Testing For Schools, Day Care Centers, But Fails To Speed Up Lead Line Removal | Wisconsin Public Radio (wpr.org)

Testing Shows Only ‘Trace Amounts’ of PFAS Discharging from Old Rhinelander Landfill.  Only “trace amounts” of PFAS were found in liquid discharged from the long-closed City of Rhinelander landfill, new testing shows.  Testing Shows Only ‘Trace Amounts’ of PFAS Discharging from Old Rhinelander Landfill | WXPR

DNR ISSUES WASTEWATER DISCHARGE PERMIT FOR JCI/TYCO FACILITY IN MARINETTE.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the reissue of the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit that regulates industrial wastewater discharges from the Johnson Controls Inc. and Tyco Fire Products, LP Facility (“JCI/Tyco”) to the Menominee River at One and Two Stanton Street in Marinette, Wisconsin.  DNR Issues Wastewater Discharge Permit For JCI/Tyco Facility In Marinette | Wisconsin DNR

A look at the ‘out of sight’ essential worker in the sewerage system.  We hear a lot about essential workers, but there are many who are unseen, like sewerage district workers making sure we get clean water while protecting the environment. You might recall the 2020 toilet paper shortage, but there are people working around the clock, 365 days a year, making sure what goes down the toilet gets taken care of.   https://www.wbay.com/app/2020/12/29/a-look-at-the-out-of-sight-essential-worker-in-the-sewerage-system/

Vaccinations are on everyone’s minds.  The water/wastewater industry just got put back to phase 1c by the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC).  This puts our industry behind teachers, Manufacturing and IT workers!  We don’t really use our strong voices when it comes to our jobs.  But now is the time to let this committee know that the water and wastewater industries are just as essential as healthcare workers and hospital employees.  We all know that hospitals don’t work too well if there is no water and the toilets don’t flush!  Attached to today’s eNews is a template for you to send your thoughts to the SDMAC committee.  The comments are being accumulated and the committee can put us up in the order to receive vaccinations.  The contact is :  Ms. Martha McCamy  and the email address is DHSSDMAC@dhs.wisconsin.gov   All you have to do is follow the template, fill in the date, and anything in red, and edit this template to suit your needs.  Remember electric/gas utilities can also use this template.  By the way, this will be better on letterhead if you can manage that.

New News:  WRWA sets dates for Expo and Conference in 2021.  Wednesday the WRWA Board of Directors set the dates for the Operator Expo and the Technical Conference.  To take advantage of vaccinations and timing, the Operator Expo will be held on Thursday June 24, 2021, and the Technical Conference will be held the week of August 31 to September 3, 2021.  The dates may have changed, but the level of training and the ability to get our operators continuing education and exposure to the newest technology will not change.  Be sure to watch our website, www.wrwa.org for more information over the coming months for registration and information.

Quote: “Don’t think of it as a flu shot.  Think of it as installing virus protection software.” – Anonymous