Kaukauna Utilities

KAUKAUNA — Following the recent completion of a water system study, Kaukauna Utilities announced today it plans a series of community engagement efforts early next year to get input from the public.

In 2022, the Kaukauna Utilities Commission approved a water system study to be conducted by CBS Squared, Inc.

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the current water system, taking into consideration growth in the community and the increasing regulations on drinking water, according to a news release.

The study includes the following:

  • Water system modeling for expansion
  • Evaluation of current water supply capacity and storage systems
  • Evaluation of condition of existing water treatment plants
  • Analysis of current and future water demand
  • Analysis of Main Filter Plant alternatives
  • Analysis of water treatment process, including options to reduce water hardness
  • Water supply sources (groundwater and surface water)
  • Asset management plan, including options for aging infrastructure

As part of the utilities commitment to transparency, they will provide community engagement opportunities to keep customers and stakeholders involved and informed.

A customer feedback survey will be available early in 2024 and an open house will be held in the spring of 2024. All engagement opportunities will be noticed in the Times Villager, the KU website, and the KU Facebook page.

A draft study was recently presented to a KU Commission Water Ad Hoc Committee. The committee and KU staff are currently analyzing the draft study to determine next steps for recommendation to the full KU Commission.

This study represents Kaukauna Utilities’ ongoing commitment to delivering safe and reliable drinking water to our community, according to the news release.

The findings from this study, combined with input from the community, will help the utility to make informed decisions about potential changes and upgrades to our water treatment processes.

The primary goal is to continue providing water that meets or exceeds all federal and state regulatory standards while remaining safe, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.