Village of Luxemburg looks to connect to Green Bay Water Utility
By Kris Leonhardt
LUXEMBURG – The village of Luxemburg has plans to become the next wholesale water customer for the Green Bay Water Utility.
Earlier this year, the village of Pulaski received approval to use the city utility as a water supplier to meet its long-term water quality and quantity requirements.
Village of Luxemburg President Dan Porath told the Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce during their Aug. 29 meeting that “continued growth of the village means that the demand for water is increasing and our current well system is approaching its production capacity. In the future DNR policy may enact new treatment testing and treatment procedures could be expensive,” adding that water from the Green Bay Water Utility is pretreated.
Porath said that the Green Bay utility has “a filter plant located on Finger Road which can treat 40 plus millions gallons of water per day and the average use of the village is under 400,000 gallons per day.”
During their June 13 meeting, the Luxemburg Village Board approved connection to the Green Bay Water Utility in Sugarbush and raising the height of the village’s tower by 23 feet to increase water pressure for the village.
Robert E. Lee and Associates Project Engineer Gayle Lindenberg said next steps included “discussion with the Green Bay Water Utility, signing off on intent to go forward with the project. Discussion on what possible grants/principal forgiveness that the village may be eligible for. The Green Bay Water Utility would grant the village a grant for connection to their system. There is also the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) that the village would apply for that may be in grant/principal forgiveness for projects that are funded by the Clean Water Fund and Safe Drinking Water programs.”
Porath said that the project will increase utility rates in the village by $25-$60.
“Green Bay Water Utility has given confirmation that there will be an over $1 million grant for connecting and purchasing water from them which varies depending on the average day take or pay water amount that is agreed to in the final contract,” Porath said.
“Portions of the village are experiencing low water pressure and as the Village of Luxemburg expands this issue will continue. Raising the water tower 23 feet will allow for 10 psi increase in water pressure. The added pressure is anticipated to increase fire flows within the village.”
The project will also include the addition of a meter vault near the Green Bay Water Utility filter plant, about six miles of transmission main, a booster station and a reservoir planned to be constructed near the intersection of Ash Street and Frontier Road.
Construction is anticipated to start in the fall of 2025.