Law Change Creates Public Fire Protection Recovery Options

Law Change Creates Public Fire Protection Recovery Options

Water utility alert! Due to the recent change to Wis. Stats. §66.0601(2m)(b), you can transfer the public fire protection (PFP) municipal charges to end-use retail customers without having to reduce your municipal levy limit.

How to Pay for Storm Water Controls:  Planning + Opportunities

How to Pay for Storm Water Controls: Planning + Opportunities

Storm water controls are necessary to prevent flooding, protect property, and to protect local lakes and streams.  Unfortunately, effective storm water controls are often very costly.  Maintenance to ensure these features keep working means additional costs that are added on each year. 

Keeping Your SCADA System Current

Keeping Your SCADA System Current

SCADA systems are an important tool in the day to day operations of water & wastewater utilities. Do you have a good strategy for ensuring that your SCADA system stays up to date and provides the optimum levels of reliability, security, and efficiency?  Learn how regular analysis and planning can extend the life of your SCADA system hardware and software, and how periodic planned updates can be more economical than waiting to replace critical components when a failure occurs.

Green Infrastructure Functionality in Cold Weather

Green Infrastructure Functionality in Cold Weather

One common concern with green infrastructure practices is their functionality in cold weather. However, studies have shown that green infrastructure continues to be effective for water quality treatment and peak flow reduction in cold weather.

City of Peshtigo Smoke Testing Program

City of Peshtigo Smoke Testing Program

The City of Peshtigo has experienced recent sewer system overflow events that have been partly due to high wet weather flows.  R/M assisted in performing a smoke testing program as part of the City’s sewer system evaluation survey (SSES).

Do Salt Brine and Pre-Wetting Road Salt Really Work?

Do Salt Brine and Pre-Wetting Road Salt Really Work?

Snow plowing and applying road salt was the accepted norm from the mid-20th century until just a decade or so ago.  More communities are now using new technologies and methods that are ultimately cheaper, better for the environment, and most importantly provide the level of safety the public expects during winter storm events. 

Private Lateral Maintenance Strategies to Meet CMOM Goals

Private Lateral Maintenance Strategies to Meet CMOM Goals

Some of the primary goals of CMOM programs are to protect public health, avoid basement backups, prevent sanitary sewer overflows, and protect the infrastructure investment.  Municipalities place high emphasis on investigating private laterals in addition to the public sewers when they experience higher flows at their wastewater management facilities, sewers surcharge, or basements backup during wet weather events. 

Innovative Approaches to Compliance With TMDLs

Innovative Approaches to Compliance With TMDLs

A TMDL affects municipalities in two main ways; through its wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) permit or through its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit.

Learn more about several innovative approaches municipalities can take in working towards TMDL compliance.

TMDLs: Taking Restored Streams off the List

TMDLs: Taking Restored Streams off the List

Why do some streams have TMDLs while others don’t?  When monitoring or sampling results over a designated period of time reveal problems with the physical, biological and/or chemical conditions of a stream, river or lake, a waterbody can be listed on a state’s Impaired Waters List.

The Heat Island Effect

The Heat Island Effect

Vegetation shades the land in rural areas, allowing it to stay cool and moist. Urban development causes these natural environments to be replaced with roads, buildings, and other dry, man-made surfaces that retain heat causing the "heat island effect".

Engineering Firm Finds a New Structure That Benefits All

Engineering Firm Finds a New Structure That Benefits All

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. was recently profiled in "US Builders Review Magazine," a publication for leading construction executives.  The article focuses on R/M's growth, culture, and transition to 100% employee ownership. 

Smart Location Mapping Tools

Smart Location Mapping Tools

Developing and analyzing data sets showing the relationship between land use and location efficiency can be a difficult and expensive process. In response to this issue, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed three tools that analyze the land use and transit accessibility of metropolitan neighborhoods in the United States: Smart Location Database, Access to Jobs and Workers Via Transit Tool, and National Walkability Index.

Advances in Horizontal Directional Drilling

Advances in Horizontal Directional Drilling

As our utility systems age, the need for replacing infrastructure in tight spaces has greatly increased.  At the same time, the general public has become less and less tolerant of the hassles associated with underground construction projects.  The horizontal directional drilling (HDD) method of utility installation can help your agency overcome these challenges and potentially save money at the same time!

Infiltrating Runoff in Parking Lot Islands

Infiltrating Runoff in Parking Lot Islands

The City of Oconomowoc, with assistance from R/M, constructed joint parking lots with vegetated parking lot islands to allow storm water to flow across the lot and into bioretention areas.

IMPACT FEE STUDY LEADS TO NEW FIRE STATION

IMPACT FEE STUDY LEADS TO NEW FIRE STATION

Development drove the need for the City of Oconomowoc to provide new municipal facilities. Impact fees helped them meet the need by providing facilities, such as Fire Station No. 2, to fuel development. 

Learn how Oconomowoc was able to fund facilities to attract development through working with R/M on an impact fee study.

Impact Fees

Impact Fees

Many communities want to grow, but water, wastewater, police, fire, parks, and libraries for new growth are costly. Impact fees fund facilities to attract development and recover the capital cost from new growth.