The employees of the Fall River Public Works department are dedicated to providing safe and efficient services to village residents. Public works employees maintain our streets and parks, provide leaf, grass and brush collection and operate and maintain the Lazy Lake Dam. In addition, the Public Works crew operates and maintains the Village's water and wastewater utilities.
It is a top priority of the Fall River Public Works Department to keep Village streets safe for travel throughout the winter months. Residents can help make plowing and salting operations more efficient and effective by following the Village winter parking regulations and, whenever possible, avoiding parking on Village streets anytime during inclement weather. In addition, snow from a driveway or sidewalk may not be deposited on the street. If you encounter an unsafe situation on Village streets, please contact the Fall River Public Works Department.
It is also greatly appreciated if residents would clear snow from fire hydrants on or near their property.
On March 31, the Village of Fall River was named the winner of the Wisconsin Rural Water Association drinking water taste contest. This contest is held annually at the WRWA's conference in Green Bay. All WRWA members are invited to submit a sample of their municipal water for tasting and judging. The winner of the Wisconsin contest will compete nationally at the NRWA Water Rally in Washington, DC. Fall River last won this award in 2008.
Following the closing of the Village's wastewater treatment lagoons in 2012, Village officials worked with representatives of the DNR to turn the property into a wildlife area with a walking trail open to the public. The transformation of this area from wastewater treatment to wildlife habitat is featured in the August 2015 edition of Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine. The article can be viewed on the magazine's website.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulation requires that municipal water systems implement a comprehensive cross connection control program. The purpose of a cross connection control program is to ensure the safety of the drinking water supply by eliminating the potential for contaminants to enter the public water system due to improper plumbing connections. The requirements for cross connection control and prevention are spelled out in Wisconsin DNR regulation NR810.15, Wisconsin Administrative Codes SPS381, SPS382 and SPS384 as well as Village Ordinance Sec 9-1-52. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in the Village being subject to DNR enforcement that could include referral to the Wisconsin Department of Justice and potential monetary penalties.
The Village of Fall River Water Utility, in accordance with these DNR requirements has implemented a Cross Connection Control Program. The Village has contracted with General Engineering Company from Portage to implement the inspection program. Each year, a portion of the residential, commercial, and industrial sites within the Village must be inspected for potential cross connections. If you have been selected for inspection, you will receive a letter from General Engineering outlining when inspections will take place and what you should do to arrange for an inspection of your property. There is no charge for the cross connection inspection. However, each property owner is responsible for correcting any non-compliance issues.
Please review the brochure and other information, including frequently asked questions, provided by General Engineering. If your property is chosen for inspection, this information can help you prepare for the inspector’s visit and increase your chances of compliance on the first visit. Even if you are not selected for inspection at this time, this information may help you recognize some basic cross connection concerns and address them as needed.
It is essential that selected property owners participate in the inspection and compliance process. Failure to do so could result in water service to the property being disconnected. Your cooperation is necessary to protect the drinking water for all Village residents.
At its April 8, 2015 meeting, the Fall River Village Board voted to discontinue adding fluoride to the village's drinking water supply. The concentrated fluoride that is injected into the water supply can be extremely hazardous to water utility employees. The costs associated with meeting requirements for ventilation of the well rooms and personal protective equipment for employees is quite high, and still does not completely eliminate the harmful effects on water utility personnel. In addition, the CDC has recently lowered their recommendation for fluoride concentrations in drinking water. It would be very difficult for the Village's current system to consistently treat drinking water to the new, lower recommended level. With fluoride available in many consumer products, the Village Board felt that the costs and hazards associated with fluoridation did not outweigh the benefits at this time.
Recently, the Fall River Sewer Utility has experienced an increase in wastewater pumping station malfunctions due to “disposable” cleaning items and wipes entering the wastewater stream. Many cleaning products labeled “disposable” or even “flushable” can cause problems for homeowners and the Village. Disinfecting wipes, Swiffer mop refills, baby wipes, and other products made from similar materials should be disposed of in the trash- never flushed down a toilet. These items do not dissolve or break down after being flushed and can clog household sewer pipes, resulting in an expensive and messy repair and clean-up for a property owner. If these items find their way into the Village’s sewer system, they can clog pipes and pumps in the Village’s sewer pumping stations. This leads to expensive repairs and potential interruptions in sewer service.
Please help ensure the reliable and efficient operation of the Village’s wastewater system by disposing of these products properly: in the trash.
For a copy of the 2015 Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report, please click here.
For a copy of the 2014 Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report, please click here.
For a copy of the 2013 Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report, please click here.
DPW employees will pick up brush and grass clippings curbside as our schedule allows. An effort is made to have everything cleaned up by the end of each week. Collections typically take place from April through November.
Only clean brush and compostable lawn and garden material will be picked up. We can not accept landscape timbers, mulch, stones, fabric, logs or limbs in excess of 8” in diameter, stumps, dirt, construction waste, etc.
All material must be able to be reasonably loaded into a pickup by one person. Brush should be cut to a maximum of 6 feet in length and left in bundles manageable by one person. Leaves, grass clippings, and other lawn & garden material should be put in bags that one person can lift. Biodegradable or paper bags are strongly encouraged. Items that are excessively heavy or cumbersome will not be picked up.
If you would like to haul your own material to the collection site, you may make arrangements by contacting the Village Hall during regular business hours. Again, only clean brush and compostable lawn and garden material can be accepted. The collection site is intended for use by Fall River residents only, and anyone hauling there may be asked to provide proof of residency to Village employees
The Village contracts with Advanced Disposal for curbside garbage and recycling pickup. Pickup is on Thursdays and usually begins at 6:30 AM. If a holiday falls on any day Monday through Thursday, pickup will be on Friday. Garbage/recycling pickup is billed with the Water and Sewer Utility billings.
Clear plastic bags must be used for both garbage and recyclables. Recycling bins/containers may also be used. Recyclables (Glass, plastic, tin, aluminum, cardboard and newspapers) can be commingled. Do not put loose garbage in 50 gallon drums or other large containers– it must be able to be handled by one person.
Please contact Advanced Disposal's Horicon location at (920) 387-0987 with any questions regarding garbage collection in the Village. More information may also be found by viewing the Advanced Disposal brochure or by visiting advanceddisposal.com.
Vita Plus Drive Recycling Center
Village residents may use the recycling center located on Vita Plus Drive at any time. Recyclables should be placed in the marked recycling containers. These containers are to be used for recyclables only- no building materials, furniture, tires or other garbage is permitted. Columbia County has an informational brochure explaining what materials are acceptable for recycling.
Columbia County Recycling and Solid Waste
Columbia County accepts recyclables as well as a variety of other materials at its location at W7465 Hwy. 16. For more information on accepted items and disposal fees contact the Columbia County Recycling and Waste Processing Facility at (608) 742-6651, view their website, or download their informational brochure.
The Village of Fall River Water Utility, in accordance with DNR requirements has implemented a Cross Connection Control Program. The Village has contracted with General Engineering Company from Portage to implement the inspection program. Each year, a portion of the residential, commercial, and industrial sites within the Village must be inspected for potential cross connections. If you have been selected for inspection, you will receive a letter from General Engineering outlining when inspections will take place and what you should do to arrange for an inspection of your property. There is no charge for the cross connection inspection. However, each property owner is responsible for correcting any non-compliance issues.
Please review the brochure and other information, including frequently asked questions, provided by General Engineering or the brochure provided by the Wisconsin Rural Water Association. If your property is chosen for inspection, this information can help you prepare for the inspector’s visit and increase your chances of compliance on the first visit. Even if you are not selected for inspection at this time, this information may help you recognize some basic cross connection concerns and address them as needed.
The Village of Fall River Water Utility has been granted a rate increase by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC). Water Utility customers will see a 3% rate increase effective September 1, 2015. Click to view the PSC Rate File for this rate adjustment.
Fall River residents are billed monthly for water, sewer, and garbage collection services.
Director of Public Works: Craig Schultz
Phone: (920) 484-3525
Fax: (920) 484-6201
Mailing address: 641 S. Main St.,
PO Box 37, Fall River, WI 53932
Office hours: Monday- Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm; Friday 8 am to Noon