Wednesday , 25 April 2018

March 14, 2018 E-News

Wisconsin public employee pensions to rise at least 2.4 percent:  Retired public employees across the state who participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System will get bigger pension checks, starting May 1.  http://host.madison.com/wsj/business/wisconsin-public-employee-pensions-to-rise-at-least-percent/article_2669edb6-9f8b-50b5-92c6-d945c24fb16d.html#utm_source=host.madison.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail%2Fwsj-news%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=E255C8FC007FC062DAFC5D3E44F1A9223B095B5B

Scott Walker names new PSC commissioner, chief of staff:  Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday his current chief of staff is moving to an open seat on the Public Service Commission and his former chief of staff will be returning to his former role in the governor’s office.  http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/scott-walker-names-new-psc-commissioner-chief-of-staff/article_ab8286e4-3fe6-5bdf-8fc0-fe102aa1306c.html#utm_source=host.madison.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail%2Fwsj-news%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=E255C8FC007FC062DAFC5D3E44F1A9223B095B5B

PSC LSL Replacement:  On February 21, 2018, Governor Scott Walker signed into law Act 137, also known as the Leading on Lead Act. The Act created a process to provide Wisconsin communities with an option for funding replacement of lead service lines (LSLs).  This process allows a public water utility to use rate revenue to provide a grant or loan to a property owner to assist with the replacement of a customer-side lead service line.  http://dnr.wi.gov/Aid/documents/EIF/news/vol.07.issue.02.pdf

Great Lakes Cities Compete To Reduce Water Utility Emissions:  City Of Bayfield Among Those Vying To Lower Energy Use, Mercury Emissions.  https://www.wpr.org/great-lakes-cities-compete-reduce-water-utility-emissions

California to add recycled wastewater to state reservoirs:  California’s water regulation agency approved new measures last week that will allow recycled water – water that once ran through the sewers – to be added to the state’s reservoirs, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The new rules are expected to be implemented by 2023.  http://www.waterworld.com/articles/pt/2018/03/california-to-add-recycled-sewer-water-to-the-state-reservoirs.html

Michigan moves toward nation’s toughest lead in drinking water rule:  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is moving forward with proposed changes to the lead and copper rule. If approved, Michigan would hold the toughest regulations on lead in drinking water in the nation. Among the policy revisions is a motion to lower the acceptable lead level in a community’s tap water.  http://www.waterworld.com/articles/pt/2018/03/michigan-moves-toward-nation-s-toughest-lead-in-drinking-water-rule.html

One and a half weeks to the WRWA 30th Annual Technical Conference in La Crosse.  We’re counting down to the largest Water and Wastewater Conference in the state.  Everything is getting finalized and we’re anxious to get the show on the road.  Breakfast is included this year!  Breakfast will be served in the exhibit halls on Wednesday this year to further extend your education and meeting time with the finest vendors in the state.  To join us go to wrwa.org and register today.

Quote:  “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.”  Jacques Cousteau

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