RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….    6/3/20 

DNR to again consider cumulative impact of large wells on public waters he Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it will again consider the impact on lakes and streams before granting permits for high-capacity wells, reversing practices of the past four years.

Wisconsin Heat Awareness Day is June 3.  “While the warmer weather is great for spending time outdoors, the heat can turn dangerous quickly if you’re not ready,” said Dr. Darrell L. Williams, Wisconsin Emergency Management administrator. “That’s why it is so important for everyone to be able to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and what they can do to remain safe when temperatures climb.”

State OKs Wausau water rate increase of 32% to fund new plant on northwest side.  State utility regulators have authorized a 32% increase in residential water rates that will finance $51.1 million in improvements for the Wausau water system.

Bellevue retirement home evacuated after water main break.  More than 150 residents were displaced from the Bellevue Retirement Community Sunday after a water main break.

Wisconsin Dells water and amusement parks are reopening, one as early as Saturday.  Wisconsin Dells water and amusement parks are gearing up to reopen after the state Supreme Court overturned Gov. Tony Evers’ safer-at-home order.

DNR Alert.  In an effort to aid Public Drinking Water systems during the COVID-19 crisis, the DNR’s Public Drinking Water Program is using the flexibility allowed in law to delay the start of the reduced Lead and Copper monitoring period to July 1st.  This applies to public water systems conducting annual or triennial lead and copper monitoring in 2020. This period is limited to four consecutive months, so the period will end on October 31st. Please watch for an individualized email coming from your DNR field representative with any specific monitoring information for your system.

Reminder:  Governor Evers has released the “Routes to Recovery” Local Government Aid Grants for counties, cities, towns and villages (We are not sure of Sanitary Districts at this point).  To get an email with updates sent directly to you, send an email to with no message and they will send a confirmation email back to you.  This system will announce how, when to apply for your funds.  Please keep track of everything you spent money for COVID-19 costs.  These costs are mostly covered and will be reimbursed to the allocation that’s been determined for you.

Another Reminder:  RD rates are very attractive right now.  If you are considering municipal upgrades, please see the attachment to the Enews for very good news.

Quote: “Dripping water hollows out a stone, not through force, but through persistence.” – Rainer Maria Rilke