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Wisconsin Water Utilities Urge EPA Not to Eliminate WaterSense Program

Apr 7, 2017

The Alliance for Water Efficiency is rounding up support from water utilities across the nation to save the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, which helps consumers make smart choices through use of a special certification label on products.

A number of Wisconsin communities such as Beloit, Janesville, Waukesha and several others rely on the program. Amy Barrilleaux, public information officer for the Madison Water Utility, said it's one of the most successful conservation programs they have.


The clock is winding down for a Minocqua developer to formally withdraw his petition for a conditional use permit needed to build a water bottling plant in Minocqua. Otherwise, Oneida County will deny it and lock him out for a full year from reapplying for the same project.

Robert Rynders has verbally told county zoning staff he intends to withdraw the petition. But the Planning and Development Committee on Wednesday said they want it in writing by Jan. 18th.