Private Wells/Clear Water Meters

Private Wells/Clear Water Meters

PRIVATE WELLS
In the continued effort to ensure safe water for Village residents, we are continuing to enforce the Private Well Permit ordinance. The property owners within Kronenwetter Water Utility boundaries with a private well (both drilled wells and point wells) are REQUIRED to obtain a Private Well Operating Permit from the Kronenwetter Water Utility.  The permit is good for five (5) years.  The Department of Natural Resources requires the utility customer to have the well inspected by a certified well driller or pump installer and a water sample to be drawn to maintain compliance.  The water sample, which can be drawn by the resident, is taken to the Marathon County Health Lab to be tested.  Once the inspection & water sample has been completed, please furnish Kronenwetter Water Utility with the inspection paperwork & sample results.  The Private Well Operating Permit Renewal Form is available in the Forms Center.
LIST OF CERTIFIED WELL SYSTEM INSPECTORS (derived from DNR website)

Should the water sample come back unsafe, the customer must draw another sample until it tests safe in order to keep the private well.  Subsequent water samples can be drawn by the customer by purchasing a water sample bottle from the Marathon County Health Lab (https://www.co.marathon.wi.us/Departments/HealthDepartment/EnvironmentalHealth/WaterTestingLab.aspx).  It is recommended that after three unsafe samples, the well be abandoned.
 
In addition to the five year permit renewal, as of January 2011, the DNR requires that all new wells must be inspected by a licensed well driller or pump installer and a copy of WI DNR form 3300-221 submitted to the Water Utility. The DNR requires this inspection every ten years. Private Well Permit renewals for 2012 and going forward will be required to comply with the 10 year inspection and provide the Village with a copy of WI DNR form 3300-221. Click the link for a copy of the WI Admin Code NR 810.15 regarding private well regulations.

PRIVATE WELL INFORMATION (instructions for installing driven point & drilled wells)
More instructions can be found on the DNR's website https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Wells/homeowners.html.

If for any reason, the test comes back as unsafe, you will need to disinfect the well or have a licensed well driller or plumber disinfect the well.  If you will be disinfecting the well yourself, please use this attachment as a reference  Instructions for Disinfecting a Private Well.   

State and municipal codes require that wells be abandoned if they do not have a valid permit, meet code requirements, or are not in use.  All well abandonments must be done by a licensed plumber or well driller. If you abandon your well, you must provide a copy of the abandonment form to the Water Utility office for our files.
For additional well code information you may contact Drinking Water and Groundwater staff at the DNR Regional Offices throughout the State or your local licensed well driller or pump installer or visit the web-site: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wells/

CLEAR WATER METER
A clear water meter is for water that is only used for outside purposes. It can be used for a pool fill, washing vehicles, and watering the lawn and flowers.

Hose bibs can be separated from the dwelling water and sewer piping. A second “clear water” meter can be added, parallel to the first meter, to measure water flow to only outdoor, non-sewerage producing uses. This clear water meter would receive just the water consumption charge and a quarterly base charge. Base charges vary with the size of meter installed. Yard sprinkler systems may need a larger meter if the flow rate is greater than 10-12 gallons per minute. There is a $25 fee for the permit.

If you are interested, please stop into the Municipal Center or call the Kronenwetter Water Utility at 715-693-5732.

SERVICE CHARGE METER SIZE          QUARTERLY BASE WATER SERVICE CHARGE
               5/8" & 3/4”                                                           $10.00
                       1"                                                                 $12.00
                    1 1/2"                                                              $20.00
                        2"                                                                $25.00
Water Usage Rates:
FIRST 15,000 GAL USED EACH QUARTER - $3.59/1,000 GALLONS
OVER 15,000 GAL USED EACH QUARTER - $3.43/1,000 GALLONS

EXAMPLE BILL CALCULATION FOR A 5/8" CLEAR WATER METER:
BILLING CYCLE: 90 DAYS
GALLONS USED: 18,000
                                              BASE CHARGE:                       $10.00
                                              WATER CHARGE:            15 @ $3.59 53.85
                                                                                          3 @ $3.43 10.29
                                  QUARTERLY BILLING AMOUNT          $74.14