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 Department of Natural Resources officials have pushed back the release of updates to their chronic wasting disease plan to this spring.
The DNR has a 15-year plan that expires in 2025. It calls for reducing local herds in isolated areas of infection that appear far from known disease clusters but centers largely on monitoring. The DNR's board ordered a review of the plan by this December amid concerns the disease has been spreading.
NORTHWOODS - The high-dosage flu shot for people 65 and older is stronger than the regular one, but holding off for a couple weeks could help keep you flu free for even longer.
The CDC says all ages should get the flu shot as soon as possible, and many pharmacy chains have started pushing shots in the late summer. But some health professionals think waiting a couple weeks might pay off.
"Why they advertise it so early doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. It takes two weeks for it to kick in, and flu season lasts six months. So if you do get vaccinated too early you do run the risk of being prepared for the early part of flu season, but you may not be covered then through the end of flu season," said St. Germain Health Mart pharmacist Jennifer Hansen.
RHINELANDER - Hockey players in Rhinelander will see some big changes.
After getting a large anonymous donation, the Rhinelander Ice Association will get a new training area, weight room, locker room, and more.
Since work began in August, framing for the building has gone up and dry wall will be put in next week.
"Just the whole project is really exciting and really going to come together and improve Rhinelander, and improve athletics in Rhinelander," said Rhinelander Ice Association Rink Manager Brett Aylesworth.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Downtown Boulder Junction could look a little different in a few years. The Boulder Junction Town Board voted 2 to 1 to move onto the design phase of a town plaza project Tuesday night.
The design will cost about $25,000. Town Supervisor Dennis Duke said the plaza could have things like bathrooms, wifi, and places to sit.
Duke thinks the plaza would get people to spend more time downtown.
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