Tag: water quality
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
December 16, 2013 2:47 PM
The breaks begin It's Friday morning in Madison, and the rush to work is underway. But on the city's southeast side, five co-workers have already been on the job for hours, dealing with a stream of water pouring down otherwise-frozen Buckeye Road. It's the city's 18th water main break … [read more]
Label: Serving the Community
Tags: clean water, main breaks, operations center, southeast, water quality, water supply
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
February 25, 2014 11:26 AM
"A huge impact" Every single water customer pays it, but you won't see it on a bill. It's called PILOT, or "Payment in Lieu of Taxes," and the charge comprises about 16% of a customer's water payment each billing cycle. "We really need to start talking about this, because it's … [read more]
Tags: Common Council, main breaks, projects, Water Board, water quality, water supply
April 15, 2014 9:40 AM
Every day, Brad Rothenburger drives down the streets of Madison, stopping at each fire hydrant he passes. He greases them, flushes them, takes their temperature in the wintertime, checks for leaks, and makes sure each and every one is ready to do its job in an emergency. "It's very … [read more]
Label: Serving the Community
Tags: clean water, water quality
July 22, 2014 10:14 AM
Life before disinfection It's a bleak picture: frequent outbreaks of cholera, typhoid fever and dysentery; children routinely dying before their 5th birthdays; adults lucky to live past age 40. UW Madison environmental epidemiologist and population health sciences professor … [read more]
Label: Water Quality
Tags: clean water, safety, water quality
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