In 1993, the public drinking water in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was infiltrated with cryptosporidium, a waterborne germ that causes diarrhea in humans and can be fatal in certain situations. 104 people died as a result of the contamination, and over 400,000 residents became ill. This prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to mandate that all municipal water treatment systems be upgraded to to safeguard against the germ.
Construction continues for the upgrades at the Sheridan Water Treatment Plant and work will begin next month at the Big Goose Water Treatment Plant. Sheridan Area Water Supply Project Manager Dan Coughlin.
Coughlin added that they expect the entire project to be complete by next fall. The estimated cost of the project is a little over $6 million.