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.
RHINELANDER - Cancer survivors and supporters gathered at Ministry St. Mary's Hospital for the 10th annual Celebration of Life Thursday. The event honors those battling cancer or survivors of cancer and shows people what kinds of services the James Beck Cancer Center offers.
The center's namesake lost his life to cancer, but now others will be able to benefit from his gift to the hospital.
"With his vision and his dollars we were able to put this cancer center here in Rhinelander so patients don't have to travel to larger cities," said Director of Cancer Services Kimberly Hetland.
This year's speaker was Mike Regole, a survivor of tonsil cancer. He spoke about his experience at the center, how family and support affected his journey, and how he ran a business while having cancer.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Just a few years ago, crumbling cement, steps, and seats filled Lac du Flambeau's Indian Bowl. Now, a major reconstruction project is halfway done. It will hopefully give people from all over a chance to learn about Native American culture and traditions once again.
"We increase that sense of pride in our community," said Director of Planning and Development Emerson Coy.
Coy still remembers how the old Indian Bowl used to look like.
"It was used in bad shape before that and it was sad," said Coy.
MADISON - A $3 billion tax break bill for Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group is poised to pass the Wisconsin Assembly on a bipartisan vote.
Democratic state Rep. Cory Mason said during debate Thursday that he intends to vote for the bill. He is the first Democrat to publicly say he will back the measure that is being championed by Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republicans.
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