RURAL WATER E-NEWS …………………………….……….….…………………………….   10/6/2021

Bills to Remove and Streamline Some Water Utility Regulations Pass Senate.  Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) released the following statement after four bills he authored – Assembly Bills 300 and 302 and Senate Bills 488 and 489 – impacting the regulation of water utilities by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) passed the state Senate on a voice vote during today’s floor session.  092821cowles.pdf (thewheelerreport.com)

Actually AB300 & AB302 are passed and ready to sign by the Governor!

Algae blooms a problem but not a trend, study finds.  Surprisingly, one problem isn’t getting universally worse. According to a study published today in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, there isn’t a widespread upswing of harmful algae blooms in North American lakes.  ​Algae blooms a problem but not a trend, study finds (wisc.edu)

For The First Time, Toxins Found In Blue-Green Algae Bloom In Inlet Of Lake Superior.  For the first time, toxic blue-green algae has been found in Lake Superior waters as part of a recent bloom that formed at a beach in the Duluth-Superior harbor. But officials caution the discovery of toxins in a relatively shallow and protected inlet of the lake doesn’t mean harmful blooms are likely to form in the lake’s open waters.  ​​For The First Time, Toxins Found In Blue-Green Algae Bloom In Inlet Of Lake Superior | Wisconsin Public Radio (wpr.org)

DNR TO HOST ‘PROTECTING THE PEOPLE – SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR ALL’ WEBINAR OCT. 12.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host the last of three educational webinars, Protecting The People – Safe Drinking Water For All, from 12-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12.  ​​DNR To Host ‘Protecting The People – Safe Drinking Water For All’ Webinar Oct. 12 | Wisconsin DNR

Sewer District’s PFAS sampling results favorable, indicate expected levels for the service area.  Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District presented the results of its testing for PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in the local wastewater cycle today. The results were as expected based on the characteristics of the District’s 187-square-mile service area and fall below proposed standards and existing screening levels.  ​ (thewheelerreport.com)

Training continues at WRWA.  Go to Events Archive – WRWA for training dates and locations.  Be sure to look at our Winter Operations Class.  We can’t get away from cold weather operations around here!

We have been successful at getting AB300 and AB 302 passed in the legislature and we are now waiting on Governor Evers to sign these bills.  They involve Meter replacement and PSC Construction Authority.  Basically, you will be able to replace meters as necessary without having to contact PSC for a CA.  This includes old meters that are being replaced with radio reads and other newer technologies.  Great win for Rural Wisconsin Municipal Utilities!

Quote:  “I just watched my dog chase his tail for ten minutes and I thought “man, dogs are easily entertained” and then I realized I’d just watch my dog chase his tail for ten minutes…” – Summit Brady