After decades of deferred maintenance on sanitary and storm sewer systems, rebuilding to meet current needs will cost resident ratepayers significantly more each year for the next five years and probably beyond.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
It is time to pay the piper. The sewer piper, that is. After decades of low spending, both sanitary and storm sewer rates will increase considerably next year and would continue to rise over the four years thereafter, under a recommendation passed unanimously Tuesday night by the Budget and Finance Committee. The sewer rate increase will go to the full Common Council next Tuesday for consideration. If the measure passes, in 2013, the city's "local charge" for sanitary sewer service will rise by 20 percent, according to City Finance Director John Ruggini's recommendation — "The impact of the capital improvement budget on rates," Ruggini said. But because the resident ratepayer's sanitary sewer bill is split about 50 percent between the city…
City is conducting flow tests in neighborhoods north of the Village to determine how much clear water is leaking into area sanitary sewer lines.
- Jim Price
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The Menomonee River ran a bright apple green Tuesday and will continue to from time to time as the city performs tests of sewer laterals. Most people have gotten used to seeing Wauwatosa's waterways occasionally take on an unnatural hue and know that it neither a holiday nor a massive spill of some terrible contaminant. "No, it isn't St. Patrick's Day," said Bill Porter, director of public works. "We're doing some dye-water flooding and that's why the Menomonee River is colored with a harmless food dye." Porter said Tuesday testing Tuesday was in the neighborhood of North 83rd Street and Milwaukee Avenue, where the department was doing flow testing to determine private and public inflow and infiltration of clear water getting into the …