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What Happens in Spring Harbor is What’s in Well 14….and what happens in Well 14 is BIGGER than Spring Harbor
Well 14 is at the corner of University Avenue and Flambeau Road in Indian Hills. The well pumps over 2 million gallons of drinking water a day to Madison’s westside neighborhoods of Spring Harbor, Glen Oak Hills, Hill Farms, Sunset Village, Regent, Dudgeon-Monroe, and Vilas. Well 14 also serves the Village of Shorewood Hills and parts of the UW campus.
Well 14 is contaminated with road salt. Those with high blood pressure or on sodium restricted diets are at risk because current levels exceed the recommended daily sodium intake. Water from the well reached critical chloride contamination levels in 2016. The taste of salt is noticeable now to some residents. Sodium and chloride concentrations in the wells have doubled since 2000. If nothing changes in the next 10 years, the salty taste will make it hard to drink and the well will
need expensive reconstruction. Madison’s Water Utility has set aside $125,000 in 2018 to look at alternatives— everything from reconstructing the well to on-site desalination to abandoning the well entirely. Last summer a study of Well 14’s water quality problems identified some potential sources of salt, including the most likely source, the storm sewer
outlet at Lake Mendota Drive. In order to examine this further, the Water Utility installed two monitoring wells in Spring Harbor Park in December 2017. One monitoring well is toward Lake Mendota Drive (North) and the other is location more toward University Avenue (South). The City
is monitoring sodium and chloride concentrations in the wells for 18 months.
The EPA recommended drinking water guideline is 250 mg/L for chloride and 60mg/L for sodium. This guideline is based on taste, not health effects. What we do in Spring Harbor matters to Well 14. More than half of our neighborhood is in what is called the “10-year capture zone”. This means that what we put on our roads, driveways, and parking lots likely ends up in Well 14 in less than 10 years. Contaminants in the stormwater outlet that flows into Spring Harbor might reach the well within 2 years. Salt doesn’t just affect our drinking water--concentrations are rising in Lake Mendota and nearby springs.
Spring Harbor Boat Launch Area Retaining Wall Repair
Reporting Storm-related Damage to City Engineering
Read MadisonWaterWays to learn about a new website for reporting storm-related problems to the City of Madison.
Here's a link to the District 19 Alder's blog where you can also read about the website:
Filled sandbags in the Spring Harbor Beach parking lot, corner of Lake Mendota Drive and Norman Way.
NEW PLAYGROUND IN
Most recent edition of the neighborhood newsletter:
SHNA Board Meeting Schedule Changes
The SHNA Board meeting has moved to the 4th Thursday of the month, still at Dale Heights Church, 5501 University Avenue
Exceptions to the schedule:
~December meeting date: 3rd Thursday [CANCELLED--No meeting December]
NEXT MEETING: JANUARY 23, 2020
If you are interested in attending, please contact the board president or your area director to ensure that the meeting is taking place. Check with your area director for more information.
NEW! JOIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION ONLINE
The Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association (SHNA) Board has set up an easy way to become a member of the neighborhood association, or renew your membership, and pay dues. Use this link: https://spring-harbor-neighborhood.cheddarup.com
On the Cheddar-Up web site you will fill out a form similar to the membership form you've seen in the neighborhood newsletter. You can pay online or indicate that you will mail a check.
Also, let us know how you want to get involved in the many efforts and activities of the neighborhood association--we need you!
The Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association (SHNA) boundaries encompass Old Middleton Road and the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad on the south, Lake Mendota on the north, Whitney Way (City of Madison boundary on the east), and Camelot Drive on the west. The Hickory Hollow Condominiums and the University Crossing Apartments are within these boundaries. [The green area on map above represents the general area.]
Residential Development Document