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  • Environmental Review Of The City of Manitowoc Project For The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program

    Wisconsin DNR news release

    The City of Manitowoc is an applicant for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) to address deficiencies in their public drinking water system. The project includes the extension of new water mains to allow multiple properties to obtain potable drinking water.

    Type: News Release

  • Environmental Review Of The Village of Cambridge Project For The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program

    Wisconsin DNR news release

    The Village of Cambridge is an applicant for funding through the SDWLP to address deficiencies in their public drinking water system. The project includes the rehabilitation of the Village's standby well, replacing the old wood frame pumphouse and installing iron filters, softening equipment, chlorination equipment and fluoridation equipment.

    Type: News Release

  • Environmental Review Of The Village of Alma Center Project For The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program

    Wisconsin DNR news release

    The Village of Alma Center in Jackson County is an applicant for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) to address deficiencies in their public drinking water system. The project entails repainting the exterior and wet interior and installing a sample tap and replace a vent on top of the tower.

    Type: News Release

  • DNR Publishes Annual Report Card On Efforts To Protect Wisconsin’s Drinking Water Supplies

    A glass of water

    The Department of Natural Resources recently published its 2019 Annual Drinking Water Report which summarizes compliance with the drinking water requirements and highlights statewide efforts to help public water systems provide safe and adequate drinking water supplies.

    Type: News Release

  • Environmental Review Of The City of Stoughton Project For The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program

    Wisconsin DNR news release

    The City of Stoughton in Dane County is an applicant for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to address deficiencies in their public drinking water system. The project entails replacement of lead service lines throughout the City of Stoughton.

    Type: News Release

  • Nemadji Trail Energy Center

    South Shore Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of ALLETE, Inc. (ALLETE), and Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC), (Applicants) propose to build a new 625-watt natural gas-powered electric generating facility referred to as the Nemadji Trail Energy Center (NTEC). In late 2018, the department began receiving application materials related to the permitting required for a proposed power plant in Superior, Wisconsin.

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  • Water Supply Service Area Planning

    By 2026, all water utilities that serve a population of 10,000 or more people will be required to develop a Water Supply Service Area Plan (see s. 281.348, Wis. Stats.).

    Communities that may need to develop this plan prior to 2026 include:

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  • Water use administrative rules

    The department has several administrative rules to implement the Great Lakes Compact and associated statewide water use regulations.

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  • Reporting water use

    Registered withdrawers are required to measure or estimate the volume of water they withdraw every month and report that information annually to the DNR. Withdrawals may be reported by the property owner or by an authorized lessee, agent or operator of the source. Even if water is not withdrawn during the previous year, a withdrawal report is still required.

    Reporting is required for:

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  • Water use registration

    To withdraw or a withdrawal means the taking of water from surface water or groundwater including springs, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and the Great Lakes. There are many different methods for withdrawing water including wells, intake pipes and ditches. When someone withdraws water, it is taken out of or redirected from its natural course making it unavailable for other purposes, even if only temporarily. If you have questions about whether your water use is a withdrawal, please contact the Water Use Program (608-266-2299).

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