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EPA water chief impressed by efforts of Green Bay Water Utility- Fox 11 (posted June 24, 2019)
GREEN BAY (WLUK) - Green Bay water utility workers were recognized for their innovative efforts in providing clean, safe drinking water to residents.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assistant administrator for the Office of Water and Appleton native David Ross visited Green Bay Water Utilities Monday.
NEW Water also joined the event.
EPA’s Water Chief met with water utilities in Green Bay, WI where he recognized the important work of drinking water and wastewater operators in ensuring clean and safe water. @NEWWater_WI @Greenbaywater @EPAGreatLakes https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-water-chief-visits-green-bay-water-utilities-highlights-workers-and-public-health …
The EPA estimates about one-third of drinking water and wastewater utility operators will be eligible to retire in the next 10 years.
Ross said Green Bay is doing a great job when it comes to replacing lead service lines.
"Right now we have a rule that we are developing nationwide to modernize, update the lead and copper rule that protects largely children’s brains from the negative effects of lead. Green Bay is doing a great job voluntarily taking that out and using some creative financing to do it, so I was able to learn and listen a little bit – really, really impressed with what Green Bay is doing," Ross said.
According to Nancy Quirk, general manager of Green Bay Water Utility, at the beginning of 2016, Green Bay Water Utility had 1,782 lead service lines. Today it has about 445. The goal is to have zero by December 2020.
Ross ended his visit with a tour of the NEW Water facility in Green Bay. Ross says the facility is doing creative things in source water and nutrient control.
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