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Monthly Rothschild Waterworks Operator Report

JUNE 2024                                 


  • The Rothschild Water Utility water usage average is approximately 600,000 gallons per day (GPD).
  • The current average water temperatures are 54-56 °F in the Brown Boulevard Tower
    and 59-67 °F in the Cedar Creek Tower.
  • The Water Utility crew was able to do some field training with our new valve turning and vacuum machine. With help from Envirotech Equipment, we were able to learn how the GPS, vacuum, and the overall full operation of the machine functions.

  • Current Rothschild Water Well Output Summary:
  1. Well #3 - 1,000 GPM (On-line)
  2. Well #4 - 450 GPM (On-line)
  3. Well #5 - 585 GPM (On-line)
  4. Well #6 - 1,000 GPM (On-line)

  • Craig and I have continued to work on the annual winter projects that were delayed due to backordered parts from January of 2024. Finally, we received the parts June 13th, so now we can finish the projects. Examples of the work are:
    • The changing of a worn air actuated butterfly valve.
    • The draining/cleaning of the filter tanks.
    • The cleaning of the waste tank.
    • Inspection preparations.
  • Total Energy System, LLC. did their annual maintenance on the 400 KW generator at the water plant. The maintenance work was more extensive this year due to the age of the generator. Attached is the checklist of the completed work.
  • The current 2024 maintenance projects, per WDNR requirements, are scheduled for the Water Utility. All work will include WDNR inspection reports which will be submitted as required. They are as follows:
    1. Inspection of the waste/backwash/recycle tanks: June or July of 2024.
    2. Inspection of both the Brown Boulevard Water Tower and the Cedar Creek Water Tower. This work requires a strategic partial drain-down: Summer of 2024. Completed
    3. Underground reservoir cleaning and inspection. This work will include complete draining, cleaning, inspection, and disinfection of the 70,000 and the 89,000-gallon underground reservoirs. This work has been rescheduled until September or October since the PFAS pilot study test was ongoing and notification by Kronenwetter for the possibility of them needing an additional water supply this spring as part of their well maintenance program.
    4. Lane Tank, Inc. will be doing a complete cleaning of the exterior finish on the Brown Boulevard Tower in the summer months of 2024. Completed
  • The Water Utility had previously contracted with Westrum Leak Detection to listen and correlate (transducer/amplifier equipment) throughout the Village on hydrants and water valves for leaks. This is completed every two years as part of a three-segment contract. They completed the process on Monday May 20th, 2024 and located three water leaks that will need repaired. One of the three leaks, a main leak, was repaired on 6/19/24 by the DPW located on Leroy Street about 100-feet from BUS 51.

Respectfully submitted,
Rick

Rick Stoviak
Lead Water Works Operator

May 2024                                   

  • The Rothschild Water Utility water usage average is 625,000 gallons per day (GPD).
  • The current average water temperatures are 45-53 °F in the Brown Boulevard Tower and 53-58 °F in the Cedar Creek Tower.
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  • The water utility has contracted Midwest Testing, LLC., to test all of our 1 1/2” and larger meters including those at the Water Plant. Otherwise the testing are those meters and at our wells and utility owned meters at other commercial locations. Most of the meters are required to be tested on an annual rotation.
  • Current Rothschild Water Well Output Summary:
  1. Well #3 - 1,000 GPM (On-line)
  2. Well #4 - 450 GPM (On-line)
  3. Well #5 - 585 GPM (On-line)
  4. Well #6 - 1,000 GPM (On-line)
  • Craig and I have continued to work on the annual winter projects that cannot be completed during the summer months due to high water use. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the parts ordered in January of 2024 for the work. I have been told to expect them later in April and now we are in May. Some examples of the work are:
    • The changing of a worn air actuated butterfly valve.
    • The draining/cleaning of the filter tanks.
    • The cleaning of the waste tank.
    • Inspection preparations.
  • The Water Utility will be supplying all the domestic water and fire protection for Domtar Paper since they are having their bi-annual outage May 13 through the end of the month. I did not expect high water usage demands due to their operations. Data acquisition shows an additional 150,000 gallons of use per day.
  • The current 2024 maintenance projects, per WDNR requirements, are scheduled for the Water Utility. All work will include WDNR inspection reports which will be submitted as required. They are as follows:
    1. Inspection of the waste/backwash/recycle tanks: June or July of 2024.
    2. Inspection of both the Brown Boulevard Water Tower and the Cedar Creek Water Tower. This work requires a strategic partial drain-down: Summer of 2024. Completed
    3. Underground reservoir cleaning and inspection. This work will include complete draining, cleaning, inspection, and disinfection of the 70,000 and the 89,000-gallon underground reservoirs. This work has been rescheduled until September or October since the PFAS pilot study test was ongoing and notification by Kronenwetter for the possibility of them needing an additional water supply this spring as part of their well maintenance program.
    4. Lane Tank, Inc. will be doing a complete cleaning of the exterior finish on the Brown Boulevard Tower in the summer months of 2024. Completed
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  • The water utility crew, along with the help of the DPW crew, performed directional and unidirectional hydrant flushing and water main cleaning from April 22nd through April 30th.

  • The Water Utility has contracted with Westrum Leak Detection to listen and correlate (transducer/amplifier equipment) through-out the Village on hydrants and water valves for leaks. This is completed every two years as part of a three-segment contract. They completed the process Monday May 20th and located three water leaks that will need repair in the near future. There have not been significant spikes indicated by our automated data acquisition system.

Respectfully submitted,
Rick

Rick Stoviak
Lead Water Works Operator

April 2024                                   

  • The Rothschild Water Utility water usage average is 525,000 gallons per day (GPD).
  • The current average water temperature is 45-52 °F in the Brown Boulevard Tower.
  • The current average water temperature is 36-41 °F in the Cedar Creek Tower.
  • Over the past couple of months, we have been having increasing intermittent communication radio issues throughout the entire plant, but the biggest issue was between the Water Plant from Well #3 specifically. This was resolved by pulling a hard line fiber optic cable from the Water Plant to Well #3 through an existing conduit. This work removed the radio issue altogether, so communications have been running at 100% between these locations.
  • The other remining radios on the SCADA system were installed at the same time as the Well #3 radio in 2010. Some minor communication issues started to occur 2-3 years ago but in November of 2023, the issues became more pronounced and started to affect normal operations within the system. Other radio stations located on the wells #4 & #5, the water towers, and valving stations also started to have extended increased transmission/receive data gaps which resulted in a loss of control of that facility. In early 2024, the worst example of the radio failure was the system ran continuously and the park area was flooded to some degree due to the loss of data communication from the radios. This also resulted in a waste of water resources, unaccounted water loss, electrical costs, personnel time needs, etc.
At this time, it is not cost effective to run fiber optic lines to all the other sites due to the distance; meaning new radios need to be installed as part of the maintenance of the system . This summer I am hoping to eliminate the Well #4 radio by running a fiber optic line through an existing conduit similar to Well #3. In summary, all new radios have been installed at all sites except Well #3. We are now communicating between 98% to 100% at each site to the plant’s SCADA. Operations have returned to normal.

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  • The water utility has replaced three mainline water valves. They were either leaking or did not operate properly. The first one is an 8” valve located on the trail between Weston Avenue and Urban Street and had a fair amount of iron buildup internally.
With the new valve installed we will be able to reverse flow to hopefully help to remove some of the mineral buildup. The other two valves are 6” mainline valves located on Greenwood Drive. Both valves had broken stems and did not operate at all.

  • Current Rothschild Water Well Output Summary:
  1. Well #3 - 1,000 GPM (On-line)
  2. Well #4 - 450 GPM (On-line)
  3. Well #5 - 585 GPM (On-line)
  4. Well #6 - 1,000 GPM (On-line)
  • Craig and I have continued to work on the annual winter projects that cannot be completed during the summer months due to high water use. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the parts ordered in January of 2024. I have been told to expect them later in April. Some examples of the work are:
    • The changing of a worn air actuated butterfly valve.
    • The draining/cleaning of the filter tanks.
    • The cleaning of the waste tank.
    • Inspection preparations.
  • For the week of May 13th, the Water Utility will be supplying all the domestic water and fire protection for Domtar Paper since they are having their bi-annual outage. I don’t expect high water usage due to their operations.

  • The current 2024 maintenance projects, per WDNR requirements, are scheduled for the Water Utility. All work will include WDNR inspection reports which will be submitted as required. They are as follows:
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    1. Inspection of the waste/backwash/recycle tanks: April or May of 2024.
    2. Inspection of both the Brown Boulevard Water Tower and the Cedar Creek Water Tower. This work requires a strategic partial drain-down: Summer of 2024. Completed
    3. Underground reservoir cleaning and inspection. This work will include a complete draining, cleaning, inspection, and disinfection of the 70,000 and the 89,000-gallon underground reservoirs. This work has been rescheduled until September or October due to the PFAS pilot study test and the possibility of Kronenwetter needing water supply this spring.
    4. Lane Tank, Inc. will be doing a complete cleaning of the exterior finish on the Brown Boulevard Tower in the summer months of 2024. Completed
  • Starting April 22nd through April 30th the water utility crew along with the help of the DPW crew will perform directional and unidirectional hydrant flushing and water main cleaning.
Respectfully submitted,
Rick

Rick Stoviak
Lead Water Works Operator

March 2024                                

  • The Rothschild Water Utility water usage average is 525,000 gallons per day (GPD).
  • The current average water temperature is 45-52 °F in the Brown Boulevard Tower.
  • The current average water temperature is 36-41 °F in the Cedar Creek Tower.
  • Water Surplus and Becher Hoppe have concluded work on the PFAS Pilot Study at the Rothschild Water Treatment Facility 3/5/2024. The unit has been removed.
March 2024 water report image 1
  • The Water Utility has taken delivery of a budgeted new Single Valve Maintenance Trailer with a combination vacuum and potholing capability. We will be using this piece of equipment to help us continue with our valve exercising and maintenance program by allowing us to keep valve boxes cleaned out and ready for use.
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  • Current Rothschild Water Well Output Summary:
  1. Well #3 - 1,000 GPM (On-line)
  2. Well #4 - 450 GPM (On-line)
  3. Well #5 - 585 GPM (On-line)
  4. Well #6 - 1,000 GPM (On-line)
  • I completed the first quarter finished water sampling. This included nitrates, volatile organic compounds (VOC), and quarterly PFAS testing.
    The results are attached in the PDFs.
  • Craig and I have continued to work on the annual winter projects that cannot be completed during the summer months due to high water use. Some examples of the work are:
    • The changing of a worn air actuated butterfly valve.
    • The draining/cleaning of the filter tanks.
    • The cleaning of the waste tank.
    • Inspection preparations.
March 2024 water report image 3  March 2024 water report image 4

  • For the week of May 13th, the Water Utility will be supplying all the domestic water and fire protection for Domtar Paper since they are having their bi-annual outage. I don’t expect high water usage due to their operations.
Respectfully submitted,
Rick

Rick Stoviak
Lead Water Works Operator

Feb 2024                                        


  • The Rothschild Water Utility water usage average is 425,000 gallons per day (GPD).
  • The current average water temperature is 45-51 °F in the Brown Boulevard
  • The current average water temperature is 31-36 °F in the Cedar Creek
  • Water Surplus and Becher Hoppe have continued work on the PFAS Pilot Study at the Rothschild Water Treatment Facility but is nearing the end. Craig or I perform daily recordings and water sampling(s) as required for the pilot study which saves outside contractor costs. Our last sampling was January 9, 2024. The data results look very positive for all media types for the removal of the PFAS.
  • The current 2024 maintenance projects per WDNR requirements are scheduled for the Water All work will include WDNR inspection reports which will be submitted as required. They are as follows:

  1. Inspection of the waste/backwash/recycle tanks: April or May of
  1. Inspection of both the Brown Boulevard Water Tower and the Cedar Creek Water This work requires a strategic partial drain-down: Summer of 2024.
  1. Underground reservoir cleaning and inspection. This work will include a complete draining, cleaning, inspection, and disinfection of the 70,000 and the 89,000-gallon underground reservoirs: This work has been rescheduled until September or October due to the ongoing pilot study test and the possibly of Kronenwetter needed water supply this spring.
  1. Lane Tank, will be doing a complete cleaning of the exterior finish on the Brown Boulevard Tower in the summer months of 2024.

  • Current Rothschild Water Well Output Summary:
  1. Well #3 - 1,000 GPM (On-line)
  2. Well #4 - 450 GPM (On-line)
  3. Well #5 - 585 GPM (On-line)
  4. Well #6 - 1,000 GPM (On-line)

  • I completed the first quarter finished water sampling. This included nitrates, volatile organic compounds (VOC), and quarterly PFAS Results should be available by late February.
  • Craig and I have continued to work on the annual winter projects that cannot be completed during the summer months due to high water Some examples of the work are the changing of a worn air actuated butterfly valve, draining/cleaning of the filter tanks, cleaning of the waste tank, and inspection preparations.
  • Over the past couple of months, we have been having spotty communication issues between the Water Plant from Well #3 This was resolved by pulling a fiber optic cable from the Water Plant to Well #3 through an existing conduit. This work removed the radio issue altogether, so communications have been running at 100% between these locations.

However, the other radios on the SCADA system were installed at the same time as the Well #3 radio in 2010. Communication issues with these other radio stations have also started to increase resulting in gaps of data transmission and a loss of control of that facility from time to time. The other locations include Wells 4 & 6, the water towers, and the valve stations: 7 radios in total (not including Well #3). This summer I am hoping to eliminate Well #4 from the list by running a fiber optic line in an existing conduit like what was completed at Well #3. At this time it is not cost effective to run fiber optic lines to all the other sites; meaning new radios will need to be installed as part of the maintenance of the system this year.

Respectfully submitted,
Rick

Rick Stoviak
Lead Water Works Operator

Jan 2024                                         


  • The Rothschild Water Utility water usage average is 425,000 gallons per day (GPD).
  • The current average water temperature is 45-51 °F in the Brown Boulevard Tower.
  • The current average water temperature is 31-36 °F in the Cedar Creek Tower.
  • Water Surplus and Becher Hoppe have continued work on the PFAS Pilot Study at the Rothschild Water Treatment facility. Craig or I perform daily recordings and water sampling(s) as required for the pilot study which saves outside contractor costs.  We sample again January 9, 2024.  The data results that we have been receiving look very positive for the removal of the PFAS for all media types.
  • The current 2024 maintenance projects per WDNR requirements are scheduled for the Water Utility. All work will include entail WDNR inspection reports and be submitted as required.  
    1. Inspection of the waste/backwash/recycle tanks: January or early February of 2024.
    2. Inspection of both the Brown Boulevard Water Tower and the Cedar Creek Water Tower requires a strategic partial drain-down: Summer of 2024.
    3. Reservoir cleaning and inspection, Work will include complete draining, cleaning, inspection, and disinfection for the 70,000 and the 89,000-gallon underground reservoirs: April 2024.

  • Current Rothschild Water Well Output Summary:
  1. Well #3 -1,000 GPM (On-line)
  2. Well #4 - 450 GPM (On-line)
  3. Well #5 - 585 GPM (On-line)
  4. Well #6 -1,000 GPM (On-line)

  • Craig and I have started some of the winter projects that cannot be completed during the summer months due to high water use. Some examples of the work will be to change an air actuated butterfly valve, draining/cleaning of the filter tanks, clean the waste tank, and prepare it for inspection(s).
Rothschild Water Filter Tank Cleaning 2024 1 Rothschild Water Filter Tank Cleaning 2024 2

Respectfully submitted,
Rick

Rick Stoviak
Lead Water Works Operator