RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….    5/20/20 

Mayor of La Crosse declares May 17th-23rd as National Public Works Week.  WHEREAS, public works professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities and services that are of vital importance to sustainable and resilient communities and to the public health, high quality of life and well-being of the people of the City of La Crosse  https://www.weau.com/content/news/Mayor-of-La-Crosse-declares-May-17th-23rd-as-National-Public-Works-Week-570545001.html

In effect: Flood watch, lakeshore flood advisory, river flood warnings.  The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District issued a Water Drop Alert Sunday afternoon asking customers to limit their water usage.  MMSD asked residents not to do dishes or laundry and use less water when showering.  The alert is issued to avoid having water backup in sewers and basements and being released into Lake Michigan.  Some discharge was released Sunday afternoon.  https://www.wisn.com/article/in-effect-flood-watch-lakeshore-flood-advisory-river-flood-warnings-may1718/32554503#

Streets, roads near bay, river in Oconto covered in water.  Several streets and roadways along the bay in and around the city of Oconto are underwater, thanks to wind pushing record-high levels of Lake Michigan water on shore.  https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/oconto-county/2020/05/18/oconto-flooding-streets-roads-near-bay-river-covered-water/5212349002/

Businesses must flush water before reopening, water utility says.  The Waukesha Water Utility is advising businesses and other customers about important procedures to follow when reopening locations where water has been stagnant in pipes.  http://www.thewheelerreport.com/wheeler_docs/files/051420wwu.pdf

Wisconsin Is Producing More Trash, Using Less Electricity Amid Coronavirus ‘Safer At Home’ Order.  As Wisconsinites continue to adapt to stay-at-home restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the changes residents are experiencing in their daily lives are also having a measurable impact on resources — With the state mostly under quarantine, electricity use is down overall, but up in homes. And people are producing more trash.  https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-producing-more-trash-using-less-electricity-amid-coronavirus-safer-home-order

Red, orange or green: Appleton uses color scheme to indicate water flow rate of fire hydrants.  Question: Why are Appleton’s fire hydrants painted different colors? There are orange ones, red ones and green ones. I’ve even seen a green and yellow one. Does that mean a Packers fan lives there?  https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2020/05/15/appleton-uses-color-scheme-specify-water-flow-rate-fire-hydrants/3090673001/

Another successful online training session yesterday.  Look for more opportunities for CEUs on our website, including water CEUs, www.wrwa.org.

Quote: “You swam in a river of chance and coincidence.  You clung to the happiest accidents-the rest you let float by.”-David Wroblewski

Special Report.  WRWA fish lures still work.  My son Erik caught this bass today in Maine. Notice the lure he used?  And he said, “Caught on the Stillwater River next to one of the Old Town, Maine Water Department well fields, if they’re interested.”  Ken