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Tag: Madison Water Utility
August 13, 2013 4:19 PM
   It's not easy. Tapping a copper line into a gushing water main takes skill, speed, strength – and a willingness to get soaked. But members of Wisconsin's first ever women's tapping team are ready for the challenge.  "I thought, 'We have enough women in the utility, we could do this,'" … [read more]
Label: Our People
Tags: AWWA, Mad City Tappers, Madison Water Utility, tapping team, women's, WWA
August 20, 2013 11:34 AM
  "Toilet uses recycled water" The simple placards posted in every restroom stall at Madison Water Utility's Olin St. offices are among the few small hints you'll find of the Utility's big experiment in water conservation – the first large-scale graywater system ever installed in … [read more]
Label: Sustainability
Tags: conservation, graywater, greywater, Madison Water Utility, recycled water
August 29, 2013 12:28 PM
                    Fighting for safe water It's hard to imagine that in a city surrounded by lakes, access to safe water was a concern from the beginning. But as Madison's population boomed in the 1860s and 70s, diseases like typhoid and … [read more]
Label: History
Tags: history, Madison Water Utility, Magnus Swenson
September 4, 2013 2:15 PM
Darn tasty water It's not every day that MWU employees stand before the Madison Common Council surrounded by cheers and applause. But it's also not every day that the city is honored by the Wisconsin Water Association (WWA) for having the best-tasting water in the state. In … [read more]
Label: Our People
Tags: AFSCME, AWWA, Best-Tasting Water, Common Council, Madison Water Utility, Water Board, WWA
September 17, 2013 12:07 PM
Westward expansion It was the mid-1920s – when Regent Street led to the very edge of Madison, when farm fields stretched across places that would later become Hill Farms, Sunset Village, Westmorland, and Midvale Heights. A population boom was coming, and it would take a feat of … [read more]
Label: History
Tags: Booster Pump Station 106, history, Madison Water Utility, O'Dea, Reservoir Park, West Madison
September 25, 2013 10:48 AM
The stories keep coming in – the landlord who found a broken showerhead spewing water in an unoccupied apartment; the man with a silently running toilet; the couple unaware that a burst hose was gushing in their yard. "They normally say, 'It's impossible. There's no way for that much water … [read more]
Label: Our People
Tags: conservation, customer service, Madison Water Utility, Project H2O
October 7, 2013 10:04 AM
It's an alarming thought – prescription drugs like anti-depressants, hormones, painkillers, antibiotics, and steroids showing up in the water supply. But it's happening in cities across the country, especially those that get their water from lakes and rivers. "Most of the biggest … [read more]
Label: Sustainability
Tags: clean water, Madison Water Utility, sustainability
October 14, 2013 9:05 AM
MWU creates first women's "tapping team" in Wisconsin Hard hat, soaked boots, trophy in-hand at the center of a cheering crowd -- it's not exactly how account computer specialist Lori er pictured herself when she started working in Madison Water Utility's finance department three … [read more]
Label: Our People
Tags: AWWA, Mad City Tappers, Mad Women on Tap, Madison Water Utility, tapping team, women's, WWA
October 22, 2013 8:43 AM
Going door-to-door Kevin Miller has been knocking on a lot of doors lately, but he's not selling anything. He's searching for something. I usually say, 'I'm here to look for private wells.' And then I get the questions, 'Why would you be doing that?'" Like city-owned water … [read more]
Label: Sustainability
Tags: Madison Water Utility, private wells, sustainability, water quality, wellhead protection
October 31, 2013 10:54 AM
Embracing new technology Imagine Badger Rd. completely gutted – nothing but dirt and gravel, impassable for months. Same story for West Mifflin St. and Lake Mendota Drive. It's what would have happened had Madison Water Utility chosen to dig up and replace the aging water mains that … [read more]
Label: Sustainability
Tags: clean water, customer service, Madison Water Utility, sustainability, water quality
November 11, 2013 2:50 PM
Saying goodbye to the old teapot It's one of the last hilltops in Dane County preserved from development – one of the few places surrounded by both nature and history. Lake View Hill isn't just a park. It's a conservancy and designated urban green space. Buildings on the land, once … [read more]
Label: History
Tags: history, John Muir, Lake View Hill, Madison Water Utility, North Madison
November 15, 2013 4:01 PM
"We're working on our knees" It's Friday, and Madison Water Utility master mechanic Brian Boettcher has just moved a large dump truck into his shop, careful not to scrape the room's ceiling. To change the truck's oil, he'll have to lie on his back. "The older I get, the harder it … [read more]
Label: Serving the Community
Tags: customer service, history, Madison Water Utility, Paterson
December 5, 2013 11:54 AM
"I can't believe how much water is in this house!" They're known among Madison Water Utility inspectors simply as "flooded houses" – homes with collapsed ceilings and peeling drywall, water pouring out from under doors, thick ice on the insides of windows. Water Utility service … [read more]
Label: Serving the Community
Tags: flooded houses, frozen pipes, Madison Water Utility, Project H2O, winterization
March 24, 2014 8:45 AM
"Ominous trend" More than two weeks after the last major snowfall in Madison, tiny white crystals still dot University Avenue -- remnants of 140 tons of road salt dumped on the two mile-long stretch between Segoe Rd. and Allen Blvd. over the winter. By summer, it will all be gone. But … [read more]
Label: Sustainability
Tags: clean water, conservation, Madison Water Utility, sustainability, water supply, West Madison

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