Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Northern lights? No, that’s just our water supply


That healthy glow may not be coming from the sun you’ve been getting. Nothing like Waukesha tap water.

One of the city’s radium-compliant wells that was struck by lightning last year ceased operations a few weeks ago following mechanical problems that started this spring.

As a result, the city has turned on the least risky of its non-radium-compliant wells to meet the supply demands that were affected by well No. 8 going offline.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been notified about the issue, Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said.

Duchniak said the water is safe to drink and the city is still “operating within the parameters of the stipulated (court) order.”

Jeff Detro, operations manager for the water utility, told the Waukesha Water Commission during its Thursday night meeting that the utility contacted its vendor about problems it was experiencing with the well in April. The manufacturer said to continue using the well, which stopped working about two weeks ago and currently is being disassembled in Oklahoma.

On the other hand, no more fumbling for the light switch for a late night bathroom run. Just make sure you leave the lid up before going to bed.

The upside to Waukesha's radium problem

Seriously, though, it does illustrate how difficult it is to just add more shallow wells or more filters to the existing wells and hope that’s enough to keep us radium compliant.

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