RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….   11/17/2021

Spooner Middle School evacuation investigation now focused on ‘product’ used in neighborhood utility work.  The investigation into what caused dozens of Spooner Middle School students and staff to need medical treatment Wednesday is now focused on a product being used during utility work in the surrounding neighborhood.  Spooner Middle School evacuation investigation now focused on ‘product’ used in neighborhood utility work (weau.com)

Biology students conduct area creek experiments to learn about nutrient loads.  Getting outside of classroom to ‘deal with real issues’ seen as valuable.  Biology students conduct area creek experiments to learn about nutrient loads | University of Wisconsin – Stout (uwstout.edu)

Nov. 15-19 is Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin.  Winter in Wisconsin can be a time for fun outdoors, but the snow, ice and cold can also be dangerous for those who are not ready for them. To help prepare everyone for what to expect in the months ahead, Gov. Tony Evers has declared Nov. 15-19 Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin.  Nov. 15-19 is Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin | News | lacrossetribune.com

Hold the salt: Organization asks Wisconsinites to cut down on use of rock salt this winter to keep state waters clean.  A Wisconsin group is campaigning to encourage businesses, local governments and  residents to cut down on de-icing salt this winter, to protect the state’s surface and drinking water.  Group urges Wisconsinites to cut back use of rock salt this winter (greenbaypressgazette.com)

‘An essential requirement to function in the 21st century’: VP Kamala Harris stresses importance of access to broadband, clean water.  Access to broadband internet. Clean drinking water. Safer roads.  Those are some of the changes Vice President Kamala Harris said are coming to Wisconsin and other states as a result of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.  ​​​Kamala Harris touts infrastructure bill impact in Wisconsin, Milwaukee (jsonline.com)

Did you get some exceptional help from our EPA, Wastewater, Energy Efficiency and Source Water Programs?  We are looking for thank you letters from our members for support of these programs.  These letters go to our funding agencies and state/federal agencies to show how we help our systems in Wisconsin.  Your support keeps our state and other states across the US (and your neighbors that may also need these services) funded and able to render any help that you may need.

Are you still reporting conditional meter requirements for PSC?  We recently helped pass 2021 Wisconsin Act 86 which exempts water utility meter upgrade projects from the Public Service Commission (PSC) construction review.  If you are still reporting information to PSC for buying and installing meter without a Construction Review, let me know and we will work on reducing or eliminating this requirement.

Quote:  “I never eat November’s snowflakes, I always wait until December.”  – Lucy