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Searching for Commitment

posted Mar 13, 2013, 12:57 PM by Tracy Hall

A recent survey completed by the WSWPA in late 2012 showed a very low interest in both hosting meetings and serving on the WSWPA Board.  On an opposite note, the reviews of the meeting topics and tours were very good which does prove the continued strength and importance of our meetings.

We want to express the necessity of the officer positions to our Organization and help you understand that if we continue to fall short of volunteers, the future of the Organization is greatly at risk.

The same theory applies to the willingness to offer your utility as a meeting location.  If we do not have a site to host a meeting and tour, there will be no meetings.

Please consider volunteering some of your time and effort for the WSWPA.  

Thank you.

Great Lakes State and Utility Water Conservation Models

posted Dec 15, 2010, 6:43 AM by Tracy Hall   [ updated Dec 15, 2010, 6:45 AM ]

The following is posted per Ed Glatfelter, Alliance for the Great Lakes:

The Alliance for the Great Lakes has released the attached report titled Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River Water Conservation Model Policies & MeasuresThe report aims to: influence Great Lakes/St. Lawrence state, provincial and utility water conservation policies; assist in evaluating Great Lakes/St. Lawrence state and provincial programs; and assist in evaluating water conservation programs of applicants for new or increased withdrawals, diversions and consumptive uses under the Great Lakes Compact and Agreement.


It is hoped that state, provincial and local officials will consider these provisions and incorporate into their programs all that are environmentally sound and economically feasible.

Asset Mgmt Workshop-Alliance For Water Efficiency

posted Sep 1, 2010, 1:29 PM by Tracy Hall

Hello everyone...

Mary Ann Dickenson, President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, has asked that I forward the following to everyone involved in the WSPWA:

The Alliance for Water Efficiency, a national organization providing technical assistance to water utilities on water efficiency issues, is offering a one-day workshop on Friday, September 17 on Asset Management in Chicago featuring one of the world’s experts in this field.   The workshop is specifically intended for water utilities who are interested in learning more about this emerging topic.  Cost is $35 and includes coffee, lunch, and all handout materials.  Register now by contacting Jeffrey Hughes at Jeffrey@a4we.org .  More information on the workshop can be found at the following link:



The Workshop Agenda attached for your information as well.

Join Us

posted Feb 15, 2010, 1:48 PM by Tracy Hall   [ updated Jun 22, 2021, 1:04 PM by West Shore Water Producers ]

Articles of Interest

posted Feb 10, 2010, 11:12 AM by Tracy Hall

We have added a new section to our site called "Articles of Interest".  It can be accessed at the link below:
If you have anything you would like to post, please forward it to tracy@clcjawa.com

New York Times Article ~ Afloat in the Ocean, Expanding Islands of Trash ~ November 9, 2009

posted Nov 10, 2009, 7:36 AM by Tracy Hall

Interesting article in today's NYT...
See link below:

Question for Member Utilities from Pat Planton, SEH, Inc.

posted Oct 21, 2009, 6:30 PM by Tracy Hall   [ updated Oct 22, 2009, 12:17 PM ]

Have a customer that utilizes surface water from a nearby quarry.  Vaguely remember similar issues in the past with Lake Michigan and Members of the West Shore Water Producers Association. 
If any utilities have experienced problems with earthy, musty tastes and odors in their water; and, you are willing to share that information, please contact me.
Looking for possible causes and any data or other information you may have. 
Thank you.
Patrick S. Planton, PE
Principal | Sr. Project Manager
425 West Water Street, Suite 300
Appleton, WI 54911-6058
(920) 380-2817 Direct          (920) 380-2800 Office
(715) 347-0341 Cell             (888) 413-4214 Office toll free
pplanton@sehinc.com        (920) 380-2801 Fax
Usually we think of earthy musty T&O originating from decaying alga or other organic materials. During the decay process various compounds are released including geosmin and MIB (methylisoborneol). These compounds are detectable on the human palette in the low parts-per-trillion level. They are typically most prominent when the water is warm.
One may test for these compounds in a commercial lab, the cost is about $400 per sample.
On the West Shore, utilities utilize powdered activated carbon, ozone, and/or biologically active carbon to reduce these compounds. Through the 90's we were having increasing issues with geosmin/MIB but over the last several years things have been very quiet.
If you have any further questions, please let me know.
Bill Soucie
Lab Supervisor
Central Lake County Water Agency


posted Oct 6, 2009, 4:41 PM by Tracy Hall   [ updated Oct 7, 2009, 7:20 AM ]

Welcome to our new site! 
We look forward to improving and expanding this information over time. 
We welcome any thoughts, suggestions, and ideas that you may have that will make this a better place for you to visit!

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