Address: 724 East Blackhawk Ave., Prairie du Chien, WI 53821 * Phone: (608) 326-8213 * Cell:(608) 306-0360 * Email: water@prairieduchien-wi.gov
WATER DEPARTMENT FACTS

WISCONSIN RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION NEWS ARTICLE ON THE WATER DEPARTMENT

The hardness of Prairie du Chien water is 300mg/l or 17.5 grains.

The Prairie du Chien water system consists of four wells and three reservoirs. The wells pump water from sand and gravel aquifers to sealed reservoirs that store approximately 2.5 million gallons of water. The City is served by over 54 miles of water main, 298 fire hydrants, and 508 main valves. 2,300 metered customers are served by the water system. The City of Prairie du Chien’s water system also serves the Towns of Bridgeport and Prairie du Chien. In an ongoing effort to protect public wells from contamination, the Water Department has implemented a Wellhead Protection Plan to minimize potential risks.

Adopt-a-hydrant program: Property owners can help the Water Department by trimming grass around fire hydrants as well as clearing snow from around fire hydrants.

Diggers Hotline: State law requires anyone doing excavation work in Wisconsin to give at least three working days notice to Diggers Hotline prior to digging. Diggers Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Toll Free (800) 242-8511.

To Start Service at a Connected Site: To establish sewer & water service at a site that is already connected to the water system, contact City Hall at (608) 326-6407.

To End Service at a Connected Site: An owner or tenant of property supplied with sewer & water may discontinue this service by calling the City and asking for service to be discontinued. The minimum charge will continue to be billed as long as the sewer & water remains connected, whether or not any water is consumed.

Establishing a New Connection Where None Exists: The City requires a connection fee prior to the installation of new connections to the water system. Water service connection fees are billed at actual cost of the work being done. To obtain a Utility Permit or information regarding a new connection, contact Julie Jackson, Municipal Technician, at City Hall at (608) 326-8024 or jjackson@prairieduchien-wi.gov.

Private Wells: Property owners that have existing private wells must obtain a well permit from the City and produce two safe “bacti” samples. For more information on private wells in the City, call 326-8213. To obtain a private well permit application, click here or call 326-8024. To obtain a “bacti” test kit, call 326-0223. Click here for a copy of well requirements.

WATER RATES
A water bill is made up of three separate fees: a fire protection fee based upon size of connection, a base service charge based upon the size of the meter, and a volume charge based upon the amount of water used. Customers are billed quarterly.

Drastic increases in a water/sewer bill may indicate possible plumbing problems. If you are concerned about an increase in your bill, the Water Department might be able to help you locate the problem. While City personnel can't make repairs in your home, just knowing the problem exists can help you get prompt service in fixing it. In some cases, a water leak may even qualify for an adjustment to your bill. Additionally, yard meters are for sale to separately meter water used for watering lawns and gardens. This allows customers to only be billed for the water used for watering and not be charged the sewer rate.

To convert gallons and cubic feet: Number of gallons x .1337 = cubic feet or Number of cubic feet x 7.48 = gallons. The following rates will be charged for requested services:
* Reinstallation of meter (including valving at curb stop): $40.00 (During normal business hours) $60.00 (After normal business hours)
* Valve turned on at curb stop: $35.00 (During normal business hours) $55.00 (After normal business hours)
Note: There is no charge for disconnection

Rates are authorized by the Public Service Commission for the Prairie du Chien Municipal Water Utility.

For questions on your water bill, contact City Hall at 326-6407.
WISCONSIN’S BEST TASTE ON TAP
(March 29th 2013) - Officials of the Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA) have found the best-tasting water in Wisconsin. On Thursday March 21, 2013, a state-wide competition was held in an effort to identify the best tasting water in the state and, hopefully, the nation. 

The contest was held at the annual WRWA Technical Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where over 1,200 water & wastewater systems and industry personnel met for four days exchanging ideas and technology through technical sessions and exhibits. At this conference, water utilities from around the state submitted samples of their water, straight from the tap. 

The winner of the event was Deerfield Water Utility, whose water sample was chosen by the judges as the most appealing based on a variety of criteria. Deerfield Water Utility barely beat out the entry from the city of Prairie du Chien which received 2nd Place.

The competition is part of a nationwide “Quality on Tap!” campaign to emphasize the high quality, safety and, consequently, taste of municipal tap water. Winners of state taste contests will compete in a national contest at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. This event is part of the Rural Water Rally, an annual legislative event for the 48 state affiliates of the National Rural Water Association.

The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization representing most of the water and wastewater systems in the state. Its mission: “To assist our membership and the public they serve, improve and preserve the quality & quantity of water resources in the State of Wisconsin”.
(PICTURED TO THE LEFT - Co-Public Works Manager Larry Gates accepting the award)
Water Department
The Water Department’s normal business hours are from 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday. We encourage anyone interested to call ahead and make tour arrangements.