ANTIGO - When you turn on the faucet you might not think about how much water has been used.
It also might not cross your mind how much water is being used for your town, but one local water plant is getting a new system that will save over 150,000 gallons of water a day.
Antigo's Water Department uses over 900,000 gallons of drinking water every working day.
They'll be getting a new water filter this Monday.
This new system will change the efficiency and reduce their operating cost.
"We're taking out the old iron cast out drains and replacing them with a Johnson screen, stainless steel under drain and it will increase the efficiency of the water plant," Project Manager, Bill Obenauf said.
"So we figured we'll save a fifth of our water production every day.
Director of Administrator Services Mark Desotell says he expects a seven year pay back on investment which will cost about $450,000.
"What it's going to do in the long run is begin to allow Antigo to control some of the cost in terms of producing water," said Desotell.
"We'll be reducing the amount of water that in our backwash process is not usable."
Obenauf says the plant got to a point where they couldn't do water back wash alone.
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
MERRILL - People on the west side of Merrill will need to put up with the sound of construction this summer. What was once an empty lot will now be the site of the Stonebridge Apartments. The apartments are a new source of affordable housing in Merrill and should be complete by the late summer.
When you're looking at Park Place apartments in Merrill, you might confuse the building with something else.
"I think Park Place looks like a 1970s dormitory at UW Madison," said Merrill Area Housing Authority Executive Director Paul Russell.
But a new apartment complex being built just across the street is going to offer a different look.
MERRILL - Three years ago, Lincoln County got good news.
The federal government planned to spend $1.5 million to help give rural parts of the county broadband internet access. It was part of Frontier Communications' agreement to accept $283 million for broadband expansion nationwide.
But then, the contractors, equipment, and better internet were slow to arrive.
Now, Frontier is finally at work, but plenty of people are still waiting anxiously for their high-speed connection.
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