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South Wayne gets DNR loan for water main replacement
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MADISON - The Village of South Wayne is among the Wisconsin municipalities with loan applications pending through the state Safe Drinking Water Loan Program in 2014.

The estimated loan amount of $147,550 is to assist the village in replacing existing, undersized water mains with 8-inch pipes on Warren Street from Grove Street through McKnight Street.

Village trustee Dale Carolan said this will be the third set of undersized mains being replaced in the past few years. The old 4-inch mains "are insufficient for firefighting requirements," he said.

The village has still more undersized mains to replace, and Carolan said the village "will keep going until they've all been done."

The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program provides financial assistance to public water systems to build, upgrade or replace water supply infrastructure to protect public health and address federal and state safe drinking water requirements.

According to a statement released April 22 by the Department of Natural Resources, replacements of water mains normally do not involve significant adverse environmental effects, and the DNR has made a preliminary determination that no further analysis is needed before proceeding with finding the project.

The department is soliciting public comments regarding the decision and potential impacts of the project.

Comments can be submitted to Jim Witthuhn, by writing to the Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater, Department of Natural Resources, Box 7921, Madison, WI, 53707, or calling 608-267-9659 before May 8.

Based on the comments received, the DNR may prepare an environmental analysis, summarizing the department's considerations of the impact of the project and reasonable alternatives, before proceeding with the funding process.

- Tere Dunlap