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]
Tags: clean water, Madison Water Utility, sustainability
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]
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]
Tags: clean water, customer service, Madison Water Utility, sustainability, water quality
November 27, 2013 2:51 PM
Slowly but surely It's not easy to drill a 915-foot hole – it takes weeks of cold, wet, muddy work. "You have to go slow to get it straight," says Madison Water Utility design and construction engineer Dennis Cawley. "You don't drill rock out fast." The slow process is almost … [read more]
Label: Serving the Community
Tags: Madison Water Utility, new well, projects, southeast, sustainability, water supply, well 31
January 8, 2014 9:59 AM
Aging infrastructure meets extreme weather It's 1:00 a.m. on a brutally cold Monday morning, and the call comes in – a six-inch wide water main has ruptured beneath East Badger Road. It's the first of 8 main break calls that will push Madison Water Utility crews to work back-to-back … [read more]
Tags: clean water, customer service, sustainability, water quality, winterization
January 15, 2014 11:52 AM
West Virginia water crisis Store shelves empty. Families lining up for bottled water. Crowds waiting to fill empty jugs and buckets at tanker trucks. It's a new, painful reality for some 300,000 people living in West Virginia who suddenly find themselves without drinking water. All it … [read more]
Tags: clean water, history, sustainability, wellhead protection
January 29, 2014 2:41 PM
Out of the dark ages In 2010, Madison Water Utility had a decision to make. The device it had been using for decades to record water use inside Madison homes was about to become obsolete. "They were going to quit manufacturing our Read-o-Matic system that was first introduced in … [read more]
Tags: conservation, customer service, Project H2O, sustainability
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]
Tags: clean water, conservation, Madison Water Utility, sustainability, water supply, West Madison
June 2, 2014 11:10 AM
A new life for Well 7 For 75 years it has stood on North Sherman Avenue, shaded by a neighboring maple tree, quietly pumping millions of gallons of water to homes and businesses across Madison's north side. But the facility, known simply as Well 7, doesn't get a lot of second looks – … [read more]
Label: Serving the Community
Tags: clean water, fire protection, North Madison, projects, sustainability
June 30, 2014 3:58 PM
Infrastructure unearthed Everything that makes modern life possible is buried under East Johnson Street. It might sound like an overstatement, until you get a rare glimpse of Madison's complex web of infrastructure, temporarily exposed some six feet below the street's … [read more]
Label: Serving the Community
Tags: clean water, customer service, projects, sustainability
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