Saturday, October 2, 2021
If you’re drinking bottled water in Oak Creek, you may want to switch to the tap because the city has the best-tasting water in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Section American Water Works Association on Sept. 22 awarded that title to Oak Creek at a conference in Madison. The AWWA is a nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water. Oak Creek won both the award for best-tasting surface water and the best-tasting overall Wisconsin water for 2021.
In June 2022, Oak Creek will compete for the title of best-tasting water in America.
“Great water comes from great employees and we certainly have that at Oak Creek,” said Mike Robe, plant manager for the Oak Creek Water Utility.
The Oak Creek Water and Sewer Utility, which provides water to Oak Creek, Franklin and Caledonia, pumps on average 7.5 million gallons of water each day from Lake Michigan.
“This win is also a testament to our great resource, we are so fortunate to have Lake Michigan water,” said Mike Sullivan, the general manager of the Oak Creek Water and Sewer Utility.
Representatives lugged at least two quarts of their city’s water to the Madison conference. A panel of judges blindly drank samples of the room temperature water and took color, odor and taste into consideration. Judges this year included AWWA CEO David La France, 2020 AWWA President Melissa Elliott and UW-Madison professor Manny Teodoro.
Surface waters such as lakes and rivers went head-to-head with ground and well waters. Once all points were tallied, Oak Creek flowed to the top.
The event has been an annual tradition for more than 30 years — though the competition was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The Oak Creek Water and Sewer Utility serves about 60,000 people over an 83 square-mile service area, according to the city website.
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Despite guidance from health officials, Ron Johnson says vaccinating people during a pandemic 'could be dangerous'
MADISON - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson suggested this week that vaccinated Americans could be perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic and that distributing vaccines during a pandemic "could be dangerous."
But Johnson also said that he hopes the vaccines play a "key role" in ending the pandemic and that he supports them.
The contradictory comments from Wisconsin's highest-profile Republican come as state health officials prepare to distribute booster vaccine shots to help combat the worst effects of a surge of new COVID-19 cases. The new infections are being fueled by a more transmissible variant of the virus that took hold as vaccine rates stagnated.
In a Tuesday appearance on the John Solomon Reports podcast, Johnson suggested vaccinated Americans could be worsening the pandemic though recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services show the unvaccinated are more likely to become infected.
It is the latest example of comments from Johnson on COVID-19 that are contrary to advice from health professionals and scientists. His comments have been criticized by some medical professionals and Democrats as undermining efforts to get the pandemic under control.
"If you walk around asymptomatic with 250 times the viral load, are you the super spreader? Is that what's happening here?" Johnson said, referring to a study on vaccinated Americans that has been misrepresented and used to spread misleading information.