Friday , 15 November 2019

October 23, 2019 E-News

RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………….    10/23/19

DNR sampling shows ‘low’ levels of PFAS in Peshtigo River.  DNR sampling shows ‘low’ levels of PFAS in Peshtigo River.

Dead body trapped in Tijuana pump station causes 14.5M gallons of raw sewage to spill into San Diego, officials say.  A dead body, found trapped in a Mexican pump station on Sunday, was deemed responsible for a backup that caused nearly 14.5 million gallons of raw sewage to flow from Tijuana into San Diego, according to border water officials.

Lawsuit seeks to scrap tough PFAS drinking water standards.  CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers for 3M, a farmer and several others urged a judge Friday to scrap drinking water standards in the state that go far beyond federal limits for toxic chemicals once used in firefighting foam and nonstick cookware.

DNR warns of potentially toxic liquid discharge in Town of Ledgeview.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it is assessing “the impact and potential risks related to a silage leachate discharge” in the Town of Ledgeview.

Gov. Tony Evers Urges Action On Water Quality.  Agencies in the Evers administration that oversee the environment, health and agriculture have sent their recommendations to improve the state’s water quality to the governor.

MUNICIPAL WATER COALITION ANNOUNCES INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS PFAS SOURCES.  Today, the Municipal Water Coalition announced an initiative to address PFAS sources that could find their way into municipal wastewater treatment plants, often referred to as Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs).

Surface Water Sampling Reveals PFAS At Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.  Sampling results sent to the Department of Natural Resources from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport show per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were detected in several stormwater outfalls on the airport property.

Madison Water Utility finds PFAS in 4 more wells, bringing total to 14.  Madison’s water utility has discovered the toxic chemical PFAS in the city’s four seasonal wells, bringing the total number of contaminated wells to 14.  The city says, however, that the amounts of PFAS found are low, posing no health risk to residents.

Wisconsin DNR Identifies 120 New Waters As Impaired.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has identified 120 new waterbodies or segments that are impaired in the state, which is about half the number of waters listed as impaired two years ago.  “We’re still listing a lot of phosphorus, but we already have a lot of plans in the works,”

We still need letters:  This is the time of year where we ask for letters of support for our continued funding.  Has Rural Water ever come to your plant and help you out with a problem, provided a service for your municipality or help you learn how to better run your facility?  Our only fee is that you write us a thank you letter (on your municipality’s letterhead) that we can show our Congressmen from your district that tells them to keep us funded and continue helping water and wastewater operators across the state.  If you can find 10 minutes, please drop us line at  We sure would love to hear from you.

WBAY in Green Bay predicts as much or more snow this as last year.  If that prospect bothers you maybe it’s time to think about winter operations.  WRWA will be presenting a Winter Operations Seminar on December 5, 2019 where you can learn and review your winter operation plans and processes.  Go to:  for registration and agenda.

Quote:  “Winter is coming, and we know what’s coming with it.  We can’t face it alone.”-John Snow, Game of Thrones


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