RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….  7/29/20  

Water contaminated with ‘forever chemicals,’ arsenic spilled at Marinette firefighting foam facility.  A Marinette-based company known for mixing firefighting foam is under scrutiny after a spill Sunday night that sent water contaminated with arsenic and “forever chemicals” into the Menominee River.  https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2020/07/27/water-contaminated-forever-chemicals-spilled-tyco-facility/5520529002/

WAUKESHA COUNTY KICKS OFF ADOPT-A-DRAIN PROGRAM ON WORLD CONSERVATION DAY IN WAUKESHA.  The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use is pleased to announce the launch of the new Adopt-A-Drain Program in the City of Waukesha on World Conservation Day, July 28, 2020. This program hopes to help improve water quality, prevent future flooding, save taxpayer money and keep neighborhood storm drains clean and litter free.  http://www.thewheelerreport.com/wheeler_docs/files/072720wcparks.pdf

PSC extends utility shutoff moratorium; more than 71,000 households had faced disconnection.  Citing public health concerns amid a rising number of coronavirus infections, Wisconsin regulators reinstated a moratorium on utility shutoffs Thursday, granting a temporary reprieve to tens of thousands of households.  https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/psc-extends-utility-shutoff-moratorium-more-than-71-000-households-had-faced-disconnection/article_a295a59a-8a3f-5e6c-b2ac-be87f39275a7.html  (Please see the attachment for the official announcement and contacts for questions.  Chris)

Researchers advise public to watch out for algae blooms in Lake Superior.  A team of researchers led by Bob Sterner, director of the Large Lakes Observatory at University of Minnesota Duluth, has identified two major factors that contribute to the presence of cyanobacterial algae blooms on Lake Superior, and one of them is already in play.  https://www.superiortelegram.com/news/science-and-nature/6593378-Researchers-advise-public-to-watch-out-for-algae-blooms-in-Lake-Superior

Union Center was the victim of a break-in at their Reservoir this past week.  FBI was on-site to take samples and deliver them to be tested.  In the mean time Union Center was under a “Do Not Use” order.  Have you updated your ERP lately?  It does happen to others and can happen to you.  Luckily Dennis was right on the ball and handled everything properly.

The Virtual Expo is on and ready to go.  It’s not the same Expo that everyone enjoys, but it still has lots of education and product demonstrations.  Visit www.wrwa.org for details.

Also, Water and Wastewater Operator certification classes are being scheduled as you read this for new operators and old.  We’ll have those ready for registration very soon.  Keep in touch.

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