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New, sustainable pump station brings clean water to Madison

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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Right now, a new valve is pumping wastewater in the Madison area.

The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District hosted a valve opening ceremony in Marshall Park on Saturday. The pumping station, off Allen Boulevard, has been around since the 1970's, so it needed improvements. 

The pump station pushes the water from Marshall Park to University Avenue. 

"Water rolls downhill, but with the topography of Madison, there's some points where we have to push waste water uphill to get over hills and that's exactly what we're doing here," said Michael Mucha, chief engineer with Madison sewage.

The pump station project earned an Envision Gold Award for sustainable building, which is the first award of its kind given to a project in Wisconsin. 

Officials hosted the ceremony to highlight the importance of clean, water in our community. Experts say nearly 100 years ago, the community had serious water quality problems because of poor septic systems that flowed into the lake. 

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