WRM students to host public meeting on groundwater recycling

July 20, 2011

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), the City of Fitchburg and its residents and Nelson Institute Water Resources Management (WRM) graduate students are working together on a project to evaluate the potential for using recycled treated water from the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant to recharge groundwater in the City of Fitchburg.

The project is following up on concerns throughout Dane County that the groundwater table has dropped significantly over the past few decades following increased population growth and demand for water. Water recycling and subsequent recharge is one potential practice that could be used to address groundwater quantity issues.

The WRM students have set up a Web page for interested residents to get more information on details about the project.

The first public information meeting was held Jan. 27. The second public information meeting was held May 18.

The third meeting will be held Tuesday, July 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in meeting rooms A and B of the new Fitchburg Public Library at 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg. In this meeting, the WRM students will present conceptual designs for projects that would recharge shallow groundwater and raise water levels in the Nine Springs wetland.

Please contact Rick Eilertson at 270-4264 or rick.eilertson@city.fitchburg.wi.us if you have any comments, questions or suggestions. An RSVP is recommended to ensure adequate groundwater and refreshments, but not required.