Monday, September 29, 2014

Get to Know Your Village - Central Brown County Water Authority

Welcome to the sixth article in the “Get to Know Your Village” series being launched through the Bellevue Focus.  We hope these articles educate and inform about the services we provide and who provides them.

The Central Brown County Water Authority was formed originally by 11 local communities seeking a permanent solution to their shared problem of limited well water capacity and unacceptable water quality.  In 2003, Authority membership was finalized with six members; the City of De Pere; the Villages of Allouez, Bellevue and Howard; and the Towns of Lawrence and Ledgeview.

After reviewing various options, the Authority decided to purchase water from the City of Manitowoc and Manitowoc Public Utilities (MPU) as the best choice for the member communities and their residents.  The agreement was signed with Manitowoc and MPU in July 2004.  Construction of facilities began in 2005 and the members began officially receiving Lake Michigan water from the Manitowoc Public Utilities water treatment plant in September of 2007.  The complete system is 65-miles long which includes a 48-inch mainline and the distribution system which carries the water to each of the member communities.  The Village of Bellevue purchases approximately 450 million gallons of water from the Authority annually.

Each member community has a representative on both the Authority Board and the Authority's Technical Committee.  Special Committees are formed as needed for any purpose set by the Board.  Village of Bellevue representatives include Angela Gorall, Village Administrator, on the Authority Board and William Balke, P.E., Director of Public Works, on the Technical Committee.

Manitowoc Public Utilities provides operation and maintenance services and the Authority staff consists of the Manager Dave Vaclavik.  Authority offices are located in the Bellevue Village Hall/Public Safety Building at 3100 Eaton Road, (920) 884-1077 ext. 5.  The Authority maintains a website: www.cbcwa.com.