water use

Fixing Frozen Pipes is Expensive
6:14 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Rhinelander to Run Water All Day and Night

It's cheaper for 3400 customers to run water constantly than to keep thawing frozen pipes.
Credit Scott Akerman

Rhinelander water users are being asked to run their water 24/7 to prevent frozen pipes. 

Tim Kingman, Rhinelander Director of Public Works, says the city has been thawing out dozens of households every day. 

“At a certain point in time, we have to make some hard decisions here to let this water be run on a system wide basis.  The reason we do so is it’s the best economy we can get.”

Thawing out frozen pipes for hundreds of people is very expensive.    Running water constantly is also expensive, but still cheaper than the alternative. 

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Increases in Northern Wisconsin
3:24 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Northern Wisconsin Using More Water Under Warm, Dry Conditions

Irrigation is one of the main uses for groundwater in Wisconsin.
Credit John Poyser

Weather conditions last year caused a spike in water use in northern Wisconsin and statewide.  That’s according to new numbers from the DNR water monitoring program.  

DNR water supply specialist Bob Smail says in the northern part of the state one of the biggest increases in surface water use came from cranberry producers.

“Cranberry withdrawals were up.  It was a very warm spring and a lot of growers in the state had to flood their beds to keep their plants from growing too early. So there was an additional withdrawal that they didn’t usually have.”

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