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Celebrate World Toilet Day: Love Your Toilet!

Help celebrate World Toilet Day - held November 19 every year - by loving your toilet! Why should you care?


 

National Honor for Executive Director Tom Sigmund

NEW Water's Executive Director has received the prestigious Water Environment Federation Fellows designation.

See the Announcement


 

Quarterly Update Meeting

NEW Water held a quarterly update meeting on June 14, which covered an overview of NEW Water's financial reserves, an update on the new solids handling faciliy, R2E2, watershed improvements, and outreach efforts.

See the Presentation


 R2E2: Digester Walls Going up

The digester walls of NEW Water's new solids handling facility went up in March, 2017.

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Quarterly Update Meeting

NEW Water held a quarterly update meeting on March 14, which covered updates on the new solids handling faciliy, R2E2; Interceptor System Project, "Backflow Preventers," and a video on Silver Creek.

See the presentation

Watch the "Water Knows No Boundaries" video

 


Fix A Leak Week 2017

March 20-26, 2017

Learn more about ways to find and fix leaks, conserve water and lower your monthly water bill.


 R2E2 Project Video

Watch the construction of NEW Water's new solids handling facility - the R2E2 Project! This time lapse video spans December 2015-June 2016, and features construction of two anaerobic digesters. 


 Quarterly Update Meeting

December 2, 2016

NEW Water held a Customer Meeting on December 2nd.  Topics included a Budget Update, R2E2 Update, and an overview of the Interceptor System Master Plan.

View the presentation

See the Interceptor System Master Plan


 

30th Anniversary Celebration of NEW Water's Aquatic Monitoring Program. 

 

August 11, 2016

NEW Water celebrated 30 years of the visionary work of John Kennedy's NEW Water Aquatic Monitoring Program on August 11th at the Jack Day Environmental Education Center

 


Congrats NEW Water for an Award

August 9, 2016

NEW Water was a recipient of the “Utility of the Future” Award presented by a collaboration of Water Environmental agencies. This award showcases public & private utilities as successes in innovative and sustainable utility management practices.

Learn about the Award


Quarterly Update Meeting

September 9, 2016

NEW Water held a 2017 Budget Workshop and Customer Meeting on September 9.  Topics included the draft budget for 2017, the new solids handling facility, and watershed work.

See the presentation

Read the one-pager on the budget


Annual Report for 2015

Check out the year in review: NEW Water's annual report for 2015.

See the report


Strategic Plan 2016

August 8, 2016

NEW Water has completed a new Strategic Plan.  Collaborative regional leadership, education, and sustainability are operating principles.

Read more


Quarterly Update Meeting

June 3, 2016

NEW Water held a quarterly update meeting on June 3, with updates including R2E2, and community collaboration to improve water quality. 

View the presentation


Youth Apprenticeship Video

May 20, 2016

Behind the scenes: NEW Water has a new video about our Youth Apprenticeship Program

Learn more about the program and watch the video


Tour Request Form

April 2, 2016

NEW Water has a new form on the website for scheduling facility tours.  

Schedule a tour


Quarterly Update Meeting

March 4, 2016

NEW Water held a quarterly update meeting on March 4.  Topics included R2E2, and the Interceptor System Master Plan.

View the presentation, Part 1

View the presentation, Part 2


Sewer Use Ordinance

March 23, 2016

NEW Water, a wholesale provider of services to 18 municipalities, is proposing changes to its Sewer Use Ordinance.  NEW Water administers this ordinance through the Wisconsin State Statutes.  The current Sewer User Ordinance, Draft Changes, and the Public Notice for the Jan. 27th meeting have been posted to the Permits & Ordinances page.

Read about the Sewer Use Ordinance 


2016 Adopted Budget

March 10, 2016

NEW Water's 2016 budget was adopted on December 2, 2015.

Read the budget


Quarterly Update Meeting

December 3, 2015

NEW Water's quarterly update meeting featured the new solids handling facility, as well as community collaboration to improve water quality.  See the presentation here


R2E2 Open Houses

November 10 and 11, 2015

NEW Water held two Open Houses in November to offer an update on the R2E2 Project.  On November 10 from 5-7pm at the Allouez Village Hall, and on November 11 from 9-11am at NEW Water in Green Bay.  Staff gave a presentation, and were on hand to interact with the public and answer questions about the new solids handling facility.


Quarterly Update Meeting / Budget Focus

September 2, 2015

NEW Water held a quarterly update meeting on September 2, which focused on the draft 2016 budget.  See the preliminary draft here.


R2E2 Groundbreaking!

August 27, 2015

NEW Water officially broke ground on its new solids handling facility.  See the press release here.


Appreciation Luncheon

July 17, 2015

NEW Water held an annual Customer Appreciation Luncheon, which featured a demonstration on "what not to flush."  See the presentation hereLearn "How to Love Your Pipes" here.


Customer Quarterly Update

June 4, 2015

NEW Water held a quarterly update meeting on June 4, to offer an update on the Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy project, and other happenings at NEW Water.  Check out the presentation.


New DNR Sanitary Sewer Overflow Rule: How to Comply?

May 4, 2015

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting a Workshop on June 16, 2015, in Clintonville, WI, titled "The Basics to Comply with the New DNR SSO Rule." Join the workshop.


Grants to Improve Our Water from the EPA

March 26, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded NEW Water $1.6 million to reduce runoff that contribues to algal blooms in Great Lakes.  Read the press release


Mike Reed Named "NEW Watershed Champion 2015"

March 20, 2015

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Director Mike Reed was named "NEW Watershed Champion 2015" Friday for ushering in a new generation of water stewards. Find out more.


NEW Water Receives Grant

February 18, 2015

Ducks Unlimited and the Fox River Natural Resources Trustee Council have given $140,000 to NEW Water's Silver Creek Project, which aims to reduce phosphorus in the watershed. Read more.


Happy Holidays from NEW Water!

December 19, 2014

Help spread some holiday cheer this season, like NEW Water staff signing "O Love Your Pipes" sung to the tune of "O Christmas Tree." Watch the video here.


Half-Time Flush - Myth or Truth?

December 8, 2014

What if everyone went to the bathroom at the same time, say during half-time, at a Green Bay Packers game? Find out here.


Congressional Testimony

December 5, 2014

On December 5, NEW Water Executive Director Tom Sigmund provided testimony to the US Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee on efforts associated with "Innovation and the Utilites of the Future." Watch it here, and read the submitted statement here.


What's New at NEW Water Update Meeting

December 5, 2014

NEW Water held a Customer Quarterly Update and R2E2 Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting on December 5, to offer a glimpse of what's happening at NEW Water. See the presentation


2015 Adopted Budget

December 4, 2014

On December 4, NEW Water's Board of Commissioners adopted the budget for the 2015 calendar year. To view the 2015 Budget click here.


Celebrate World Toilet Day: Love Your Toilet!

November 12, 2014

Help celebrate World Toilet Day - held November 19 every year - by loving your toilet! Why should you care?


Congratulations Ashwaubenon!

October 28, 2014

Urban runoff aids to the impairment of our watershed, said Environmental Programs Director Bill Hafs at a recent permeable pavement dedication in Ashwaubenon. Find out how.


R2E2 Open House

October 20, 2014

NEW Water held an "Open House" on Oct. 20 to update on progress with the new solids handling facility, known as R2E2 (Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy).  See the presentation.


"The Wave" Quarterly eNewsletter Available

October 1, 2014

NEW Water's quarterly eNewsletter is now available! Check out the latest issue.


R2E2 Open House

October 1, 2014

On October 20, NEW Water is hosting an Open House to offer the public an update on the new solids handling facility, Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy (R2E2). Find out more.


R2E2 Update

September 16, 2014

In keeping with viewing what’s sent to NEW Water as a resource to be recovered rather than a waste with which to dispose, the new solids handling facility will feature a nutrient extraction process, which will create a fertilizer for commercial sale.  The R2E2 Stakeholder Committee met on September 16 at NEW Water. Read the presentation.


Advertisement for Bids

September 15, 2014

NEW Water is accepting bids from prequalified bidders for the removal and replacement of exisiting low voltage motor control centers. View the official notice.


Thunderclap!

September 8, 2014

Water infrastructure is in need of investment. NEW Water has joined WaterWorks national "Thunderclap" to bring awareness to the issue. Watch our video. Visit WaterWorks site


2015 Draft Budget

August 29, 2014

NEW Water has released the first draft of the 2015 budget. Read Executive Director Tom Sigmund's presentation which offers an overview of the budget here.

See the draft 2015 budget here


Open for Bid

August 25, 2014

Official Notice to Bidders: NEW Water is seeking prequalification for electrical contractors. More details.


What's New at NEW Water?

August 18, 2014

NEW Water hosted an annual customer luncheon to offer a glimpse of happenings. Read the report here.


Algae in our water?

August 6, 2014

On the heels of the Toledo water emergency, toxic algal blooms are in the national news. Green Bay has algal blooms, and NEW Water is working wth the community to combat this problem. Learn more.


NEW Water Wins Again

July 31, 2014

NEW Water was awarded an 11th consecutive Platinum Award for 100% permit compliance at its Green Bay Facility. NEW Water was only among six facilities in the U.S. who were awarded a Platinum 11. Find out more.


Monitoring the Bay

July 24, 2014

WBAY-TV checked in with NEW Water about water quality improvement efforts. Watch the story here.


New Annual Report

June 25, 2014

NEW Water's 2013 annual report is available! View it here.


Can the Wipes!

June 20, 2014

Wipes labeled "flushable" should go into the trash, not the toilet. Find out why.


Interceptor System Master Plan Launched

June 19, 2014

NEW Water has launched an Interceptor System Master Plan for its service area, which spans 285-square miles in Northeast Wisconsin. The Plan will involve assessing current conditions of the interceptors, looking at inflow and infiltration, conducting hydraulic modeling of the system, and formulating a 20-year Capital Improvement Plan for future planning needs. See the FAQ sheet here.


Moving Toward Sustainability

June 10, 2014

Sustainability is being embraced by utilties across the U.S., and NEW Water is no exception. Executive Director Tom Sigmund has helped author a new Roadmap with the EPA to usher in this new era. Read more here.


Congratulations, Brandon!

May 27, 2014

NEW Water's first Youth Apprentice has graduated! Brandon Burton is finishing up the two-year program through the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more.


How are Bills Calculated?

May 27, 2014

NEW Water demonstrated the billing process to customers in a specialized tour on May 22. As a wholesaler provider of services, NEW Water bills 18 municipal customers, who in turn bill their residents/customers. Read more.


Customer Quarterly Updates: "What's New at NEW Water"

May 21, 2014

NEW Water has launched "Customer Quarterly Update" meetings, and held the first one on May 21. Executive Director Tom Sigmund discussed factors which will weigh into this year's budget, which include reduced loadings, increased electricity rates, and the new solids' facility construction (Resource Recovery Electrical Energy, R2E2). Bill Hafs, Director of Environmental Programs, offered an update on Adaptive Management. That presentation can be viewed here.


Billing Methodology Kicks Off

April 25, 2014

NEW Water has begun a billing methodology study, with the first customer meeting held April 24. The current billing methodology has been in place for more than 40 years. Read more here.


Happy Public Health Week!

April 9, 2014

Sanitation is considered the greatest medical advancement over the past 150 years. Read more.


NEW Watershed Champion!

March 24, 2014

Congratulations Charlie Frisk, the "NEW Watershed Champion" for 2014! NEW Water and Green Bay Utility launched the award as part of its first annual World Water Day event. Read more.


Fix-A-Leak Week

March 18, 2014

Did you know that in just 10 minutes you could save 10 percent on your water bill, 10,000 gallons of water, and 10 months of laundry water, just by finding and fixing leaks around your home? Help NEW Water celebrate the EPA WaterSense "Fix-A-Leak Week" which runs March 17 - 23. Every drop counts!


World Water Day

March 13, 2014

The United Nations designated day raises awareness of water issues facing our communities. Green Bay suffers from a "dead zone" and many local champions are at work to fix that! The 2014 "NEW Watershed Champion" will be announed on March 21: stay tuned!


"State of the Bay" Report

February 20, 2014

What's the health of the Bay of Green Bay? The report card grade would be about a C-, scientists say. University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute has released the "State of the Bay" report, using data collected by NEW Water's Ambient Water Quality Monitoring Program. Read the report here.


A Pig's Tale

January 25, 2014

NEW Water had a problem. A slimy one. NEW Water staff employed an innovative solution which spares the environment chemicals, and saves $378,000.00. Read more.


Ice-wind-snow: Water treatment never stops!

January 15, 2014

NEW Water teams have been out at night, chipping ice off of equipment to ensure continous service for our community. Read more.


New Sewer Rule

September 11, 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on August 1 passed a new rule to address Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs), in a proactive effort toward sewage collection system operation and maintenance. Read more.


Green Bay's Dead Zone Makes National Headline News

August 15, 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is working with NEW Water to address the culprit of the Dead Zone: Phosphorus - from residents, industry, agriculture, and wastewater treatment - runs off the land into the Fox River, the Bay and all waterways, creating algae blooms, which deplete water of oxgyen, creating a 'Dead Zone.' Read more.


YWCA TechGYRLS Summer Camp Teams Up with NEW Water

August 14, 2013

YWCA and NEW Water teamed up on August 14 this week to educate girls on water quality issues - as well as offer a message into a hot career track underrepresented by girls: STEM. Read more.


Education Award for NEW Water

April 15, 2013

Green Bay, WI - State Superintendent Tony Evers has awarded NEW Water with a "Business Friends of Education" award, for outstanding work on its partnership with the Green Bay Area Public Schools (GBAPS). The fruitful collaboration includes a Youth Apprenticeship Program, in which students work at the NEW Water treatment plant. Read more.


Executive Director Lauded

March 22, 2013

Green Bay, WI - NEW Water Executive Director, Tom Sigmund, will receive the President's Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) at its National Environmental Policy Forum in April for his work as Chair of the Utility of the Future Steering Committee and Task Force, which produced the "Water Resources Utility of the Future: A Blueprint for Action" publication. Congratulations, Tom! Click here to view a copy of the publication.


First in Wisconsin: Pilot Youth Apprenticeship Program in Green Bay reaches 500th hour

November 27, 2012

Green Bay, WI - The state of Wisconsin's first Youth Apprenticeship Program in Wastewater Treatment has reached its 500th hour, and exemplifies business, education, and government collaborating to create a thriving workforce for tomorrow. Read more.


GBMSD Selects Design Firm for R2E2 Project

May 24, 2012

Green Bay, WI - The Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District (GBMSD) has selected a design firm for the new solids handling system known as the Resource Recovery and Electrical Energy (R2E2) Project. CH2M Hill and team - AECOM, SEH, Muermann Engineering, Robert E. Lee and Associates, hGA, Marquette University, UWGB - were approved to enter into contract for over $8 million dollars with GBMSD by the GBMSD Board of Commissioners of May 23, 2012. Read more.


GBMSD Hosts Search and Recovery Training Exercises

February 6, 2012

De Pere, WI - The Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District (GBMSD) is proud to announce that it will be hosting the Green Bay Fire Department Technical Team at its De Pere Facility for search and recovery training exercises, along with the De Pere Fire Department. Read more.


Turning Poo Into Power

November 18, 2011

Green Bay, WI - Over the past two years, Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District (GBMSD) staff have been evaluating plans to replace its current solids handling equipment used in the treatment process. GBMSD needs to replace its current system because equipment has reached the end of its useful life, it must comply with stricter environmental air permit standards by May 2016, and it has triggered a regulatory requirement to increase capacity because it operates at more than 90% capacity daily. Read more.


Solar Powered Meter Station

August 29, 2011

Green Bay, WI - The Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District (GBMSD) is pleased to announce that it has a solar powered meter station located at 3900 Scottwood Drive in Green Bay. GBMSD installed two solar panel tracking units capable of producing about 10,000 kWh annually. A $29,150 grant from Focus on Energy and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) was used to help pay for the solar panels. Read More.


GBMSD is 2010 Platinum and Gold Award Winner for Outstanding Performance

August 9, 2011

Green Bay, WI - GBMSD is proud to announce that its Green Bay and De Pere Facilities have each received a 2010 National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Peak Performance Award.

Given out annually to recognize wastewater utilities for their outstanding permit compliance records, GBMSD's Green Bay Facility has received the NACWA Platinum 8 Award for eight straight years for 100% permit compliance. Read More.


Bay Guardian Arrives

June 3, 2011

Green Bay, WI - The Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District (GBMSD) took delivery of its new workboat known as Bay Guardian on June 2, 2011. The workboat replaces an older workboat that was purchased at the start of GBMSD's ambient water quality monitoring program in 1986. Read More.

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Quick Facts - NEW Water:

  • Is the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Owns and operates two treatment facilities: De Pere and Green Bay
  • Treats an average of 38 million gallons per day (De Pere: 8 million; Green Bay: 30 million)
  • Is a wholesale provider of services to 18 municipalities
  • Is a municipality organized under chapter 200 of the Wisconsin statutes

 

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