Water, Sewer & Storm Utilities

The utility division of the public works department operates and maintains the water supply and distribution system, the sanitary sewer collections system, and the storm water collection system. 
Do Your Part to Protect Our Water and Collection Systems
There are ways you can help to protect our public collection systems.

Never flush anything down your toilets except toilet paper and human waste. Even items that are marketed as "flushable" have the potential to clog in the collection systems and cause back-ups. Read more...

The sewers in our streets are part of our storm water collection system which discharges into our lakes. Leaves, grass clippings, litter, etc. in the gutters will flow into the storm water collection system and into our lakes, causing weed growth and pollution. You can help by mulching your grass clippings into your lawn, sweeping or blowing any grass clippings off the street and out of the gutters, eliminating or minimizing your use of fertilizer on your lawn, and keeping leaves out of the streets and gutters. In addition, never pour anything into the gutters or sewers, including waste oil, detergents, or chemicals.

Private Wells in the City of Monona
In Spring of 2015, under an order from the State of Wisconsin, the City of Monona moved forward with a private well permitting program.  The intent of the program is to protect the City's drinking water supply from contaminants, primarily from bacteria.  

As of February 2015, there were 65 private wells identified in the City of Monona.  Even though the City provides municipal water, the presence of unused, private wells creates a threat to the City's drinking water supply.  Stagnant water in unused wells can be a breeding ground for bacteria.  Flooding in the spring can make wells vulnerable to contamination from sewer back ups in basements or localized flooding in yards.  

More information on the springtime threats of private wells.

The City of Monona obtains its drinking water from one of three wells that pump water from the ground.  The water is treated and then distributed.  Any contaminants in the groundwater supply can threaten the City's drinking water supply.  The City monitors its water supply every day and would quickly become aware of any issues with its water.
Curb Stops
The curb stop/box is the property of the water utility and may only be turned on/off by an authorized employee of the water utility. Plumbers may turn the water on to test their work but must leave the water turned off upon completion of the work. Please call 222-2525 to request that a curb stop/box be turned on/off. A construction meter is required for all water use.

A 48 hour notice is required to schedule an appointment to have a curb stop/box turned on/off.
Water Lateral Insurance
 Monona Water Utility customers have reported receiving mailings selling water lateral insurance. These are private companies selling a type of insurance, and they are not affiliated in any way with the City of Monona. The City suggests that you refer to your homeowner's insurance policy before purchasing this type of insurance.
City of Monona's Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System Permit (MS4)

The Federal Clean Water Act requires certain communities with stormwater systems that discharge to a lake or stream to obtain a permit for the discharge.   Information on the requirements for an MS4 permit can be found by clicking here.

The City of Monona's current MS4 permit can be found here.  

The City recently applied for a renewal of their permit and should have a new permit issued in 2015.  The new permit will include new, more stringent pollutant reduction standards.  The City is currently working with MAMSWaP and YaharaWINS to achieve work to achieve its new permit standards.
Stormwater Management Plan

In 2014, the City of Monona obtained a grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to develop a Stormwater Management Plan. This high level planning document will be used to help guide decision makers in selecting the best stormwater management solutions to improve water quality and meet the goals of the City's MS4 permit.  The plan can be found here.