RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….……………………………. 7/24/19
Rhinelander shuts down well after finding high chemical levels, declares water now safe; no assurance for purity of private wells. The City of Rhinelander told residents this week its municipal water is safe to drink, responding to concerns of elevated chemical levels in city water. https://www.wjfw.com/storydetails/20190723185543/rhinelander_shuts_down_well_after_finding_high_chemical_levels_declares_water_now_safe_no_assurance_for_purity_of_private_wells
Officials, advocates push for new groundwater study in western Wisconsin. As communities continue to grapple with issues surrounding clean drinking water, advocates in three western Wisconsin counties are looking to secure funding to mount the area’s first expansive groundwater study. https://madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/officials-advocates-push-for-new-groundwater-study-in-western-wisconsin/article_bd19c5c6-1a92-5e22-9942-7d45836da794.html
DNR asking 125 municipal wastewater plants to test for contaminants known as ‘forever’ chemicals. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Monday asked 125 municipal wastewater treatment systems, including Milwaukee’s, to begin investigating for the presence of a group of chemical contaminants that pose health hazards to humans. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2019/07/22/dnr-asking-125-municipal-wastewater-plants-test-contaminants/1799337001/
Wisconsin DNR asks sewage treatment plants to test for PFAS. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking local wastewater treatment plants to begin testing for hazardous industrial chemicals. https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/environment/wisconsin-dnr-asks-sewage-treatment-plants-to-test-for-pfas/article_2ad61aa8-cb52-5d6f-9235-d524bd78431d.html
WRWA Alert to members-Do not test for PFAS.
WRWA is issuing an alert recommending that WWTPs do not test for PFAS. This issue raises many problems, the biggest of which is that there are no limits for wastewater or wastewater biosolids, and any test result that is determined will not be an acceptable number, even a non-detect. We are advising that anyone testing for PFAS do so if mandated by DNR, but to not voluntarily test. Please see our website, www.wrw.org for more info and talking points. WRWA is part of a small coalition that is willing to work with the DNR and other government entities to develop limits based on science and study.
Quote: “When I look back on my knee jerk reactions now, I realize I should have just taken a breath.” – Fred Durst