R2E2: Ground preparation underway
Underground utilities are currently being relocated at NEW Water's Green Bay Facility, in preparation for the 2015 construction of the Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy (R2E2) solids handling facility. Pictured above is a 3D rendering of the new solids handling building, which will house the fluid bed incinerator. See the latest R2E2 presentation.
Congratulations to Brandon Burton, who is the first graduate of NEW Water's Youth Apprenticeship Program! This partnership with the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce was the first of its kind in Wisconsin. Learn more here.
Tip to protect our waterways: Gardening
Algal blooms and excessive phosphorus harm our waterways – and we all can be part of the solution. The Green Bay Press-Gazette has posted two insightful articles on gardening that nurture both land and water: "Don't be afraid to let Mother Nature rule" and "Buckwheat: An excellent summer cover crop."
Moving toward sustainability
Clean water facilities across the U.S. are moving toward sustainability, and NEW Water is no exception. Executive Director Tom Sigmund helped author a report with the Environmental Protection Agency to usher in the new era: "Moving Toward Sustainability".
What's under there?
Keeping track of what's under the ground is a big job - and NEW Water's service area spans 285 square miles. A newly launched Interceptor System Master Plan will help keep tabs on these pipes - and plan for the future. Find out more.
Billing Methodology Project
NEW Water is currently undergoing a Billing Methodology Development Project to review the current process, research alternatives, and recommend a framework for a new methodology. The current methodology has been in place for more than 40 years.
Saving energy, money, time
A new ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system at the De Pere Facility is resulting in greater work efficiency, and an estimated 50% savings in energy use. Read more about UV, and other NEW Water sustainability initiatives.
News in brief
- NEW Water has refreshed its website, using a "responsive" technology that recognizes smart devices and resizes, accordingly. Try it out!
- The Annual Report is now online. Read 2013 in review.
- In June, NEW Water hosted the 17th Biennial Seminar on Water Resources and Environmental Management, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Executive Director Tom Sigmund was a featured speaker; guests included academics and industry professionals from across the U.S., as well as Peru and China.