From Spring, 2019 through Fall, 2021, The City of Wauwatosa will be replacing aged water and sewer infrastructure and reconstructing roads within the Swan Park Neighborhood. Work will be staged over 3 construction seasons to lessen the impacts to residents. See a map of the construction.
The proposed work on Ridge Blvd, Harding Blvd., Wilson Blvd, 97th St and 96th St includes:
- Replacement of storm sewer, sanitary sewer main and water main. These utilities were originally constructed between 1930 and 1950 and are nearing the end of their useful life.
- Sidewalk, curb and driveway approach replacement as necessary
- Street lighting, including replacing the cables and poles
Reconstruction of the roadway
- Replacement of street trees as necessary
Anticipate construction May - November. These dates are weather-dependent.
The contractor will work on water main, water laterals, sanitary sewer, and then storm sewer in that order on each of the streets.
Watch earlier phases of the construction to anticipate when construction will be in front of your house. Also, continue to check this online timeline for schedule updates.
When construction is right in front of your driveway, you can anticipate being unable to access your driveway for 1-3 business days. We will deliver overnight street parking passes to you for any driveway outages.
The other driveway outage to anticipate is towards the end of the project when the street has to cure. That driveway outage will be 7-10 days.
Questions about Rats
Sometimes during construction, a rat's habitat can be disturbed and you might see them on your property. Learn about rats in Wauwatosa. The best way to prevent rats or other rodent activity on your property is to remove everything they need to survive:
- Food sources, such as garbage, bird food, or compost piles
- Water sources
- Shelter, such as holes in your home or garage
On this project, we have placed a few rat bait stations in the construction zone. Rats are trapped within the station, consume a poison, and cannot leave the trap once inside. The stations are checked on a weekly basis to remove any trapped rats. The stations are pet and child proof.
Contact Nick Deming, Construction Manager at NDeming@wauwatosa.net or (414) 479-3541.
Video Overview of the Project
Do rats carry any diseases?
The rats that live in Wauwatosa are Norway rats. They do not carry Hantavirus and don’t typically spread diseases to humans. However, while rat bites are extremely rare, you should consult your doctor if you are bitten by a rat. If you find a dead rat in your yard, use gloves or a plastic bag to pick it up and throw it away. Some rats carry parasites similar to fleas. While these can be a nuisance, they are not harmful to humans.
How can tenants help prevent rodent problems?
It is the occupant's responsibility to use garbage receptacles properly, to keep receptacles covered at all times, and to notify the property owner if the receptacle becomes cracked, broken, or loses its cover. It is the occupant’s responsibility to limit food sources otherwise meant for recreational animal watching (bird and squirrel feeding).
What does the City of Wauwatosa do about rats?
The City of Wauwatosa responds to complaints about rats and can provide information about rodent control and enforcement according to the Wauwatosa ordinance. We do not offer baiting or elimination services but can refer you to pest control companies. To request more information or enforcement, please contact us by calling 414-479-8936.
You can report illegal dumping of garbage and solid waste on private property to the Wauwatosa Department of Property Maintenance at (414) 479-8981.
How can I prevent rats from becoming a problem on my property?
To control rats, you must remove everything they need to survive:
Food. Eliminate all food sources.
- Bag garbage and put in tightly covered containers.
- Store pet food and bird seed in a metal container and off the ground.
- Monitor compost piles.
Water. Remove any sources of standing water.
Shelter. Prevent opportunities for rats to burrow.
- Keep plants and bushes trimmed and neat.
- Cover exposed dirt with gravel.
- Seal cracks or holes in your home and garage.
- Don't allow debris to accumulate on your property.
I saw a rat in my home/yard. What should I do?
The best way to get rid of rats on your property is with trapping and/or baiting the rats. If you notice any evidence of rodent activity on your property, contact a professional exterminator to properly eradicate the issue. Exterminators can be found online or in your local phone book.
How do I know if I have rats on my property?
Keep an eye out for burrows, droppings, holes, and/or runways.
Burrows are oval shaped holes in dirt or concrete from one to four inches wide, with smooth edges. They can be found under bushes and plants and along foundations or walls.
Droppings are often found close to garbage.If they are moist and dark it is a sign that rats are active in the area.
Holes and gnaw marks might be seen on plastic garbage cans or the bottom of garage doors.
Runways are created by rats running back and forth along the same path. Rats can leave dark, greasy track marks on grass or concrete.
What is lead and how are we exposed to it?Lead is a common, naturally occurring metal found throughout the environment. Lead is not found in Lake Michigan surface water or in our source of supply water treated by Milwaukee Water Works. Lead enters drinking water primarily as a result of corrosion or wearing away of materials in the water distribution system and household plumbing that contain lead. Despite concerns about drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that “the greatest exposure to lead is swallowing or breathing in lead paint chips or dust.”
How do I know if my property has a lead water supply line?
If your property was built before 1953, your water service lateral was originally installed using lead piping materials. It is possible that some of the property’s internal plumbing and fixtures also contain lead. Even copper piping may have lead solder joints. You may call the Wauwatosa Water Utility business office at (414) 479-8963 to find out more information about your service line pipe material.
Is exposure to lead a health concern?
Please contact the City of Wauwatosa Health Department Referral Nurse Line at (414) 479-8939.
What is the Wauwatosa Water Utility doing to replace lead services?
As a standard practice with our water main replacement projects the Wauwatosa Water Utility replaces old lead water service laterals with new HDPE plastic materials from the water main to the curb stop.
What can I do to reduce lead in my tap water?
If you’re concerned about lead in your drinking water, you can take several steps to limit possible exposure.
- Flush your tap water. Flushing the tap is particularly important when the faucet has been unused for more than a few hours. It takes time for lead to leach into water, so the first water drawn from the tap in the morning or after a long period of non-use may contain higher levels of lead. Flushing clears standing water from your plumbing and home service line to ensure you are getting drinking water from the water main, where lead is rarely present. Let the cold water run from the tap until it is noticeably colder (this may take up to two minutes or more) before using it for cooking or drinking.
Remember, you must flush EACH drinking water faucet after long periods of non-use for this strategy to be effective.
CONSERVATION TIP: Use flushed water for non-potable purposes such as watering plants or washing dishes. You can also store water from a tap that has been flushed in the refrigerator for later use.
- Use only cold water for cooking or drinking. Lead leaches more easily into hot water than cold water.
- Boiling water DOES NOT remove lead.
- Remove faucet strainers and rinse them to remove any debris. This can be done periodically to remove accumulated debris as well.
Are there filters certified to reduce lead?
Water filters used for reducing lead in drinking water must be certified for lead reduction in accordance with NSF/ANSI Standard 53 – Drinking Water Treatment Unit Standard for Health Effects.
Types of water filters.
- Pour-through pitcher/carafe: Water drips through a filter into a water pitcher using gravity.
- Faucet mount: Mounts on kitchen faucet. Uses diverter to direct water through a filter.
- Counter-top connected to sink faucet: Connects to existing sink faucet through a hose/tubing.
- Plumbed-in to separate tap or to kitchen sink: Installs under a sink; filtered water is usually dispensed through a separate faucet directly to the kitchen sink.
- Refrigerator filter: Installed in your refrigerator and typically dispensed through the refrigerator door.
How can I test for lead in my water?
You can’t see, smell or taste lead in your water. Testing at the tap is the only way to measure the lead levels in your home or workplace. If you choose to have your tap water tested at a cost of around $30, be sure to use a private laboratory properly certified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
400 Bay View Rd. Suite 1
Mukwonago, WI 53149
Phone: (262) 539-2316
Northern Lakes Services, Inc.
2420 N Grandview Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53188
Phone: (262) 547-3406
State Lab of Hygiene
2601 Agriculture Drive
Madison, WI 53707
Phone: (800) 442-4618
Where can I get more information about lead and water?
Contact the following resources for more information about lead and water:
EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 1-800-426-4791
National Lead Information Center: 1-800-424-5323
American Water Works Association:
I'd like to replace my lead lateral. What does that involve?
During a construction project, it is a good time to evaluate the state of your water service lateral. We communicate with you (the homeowner) if there is a lead lateral on your property. As a homeowner, you own this lateral, so you can decide if you want to patch, line, or replace the lead lateral, at your expense.
In similar neighborhood projects, one neighbor has volunteered to collaborate with other neighbors to hire a contractor to replace several lead laterals in the same area. This could lead to a discount in price. The neighborhood leader would survey neighbors for interest, open a project up for bid, and serves as a liaison for selecting a contractor.
What kind of special assessment can I expect?It has been the City of Wauwatosa’s long-standing practice to issue special assessment for public construction projects, such as road reconstruction, sidewalk, and driveway approaches. Assessments may also be issued for private lateral repairs. Special assessment amounts will vary by property depending on the scope of work required, which is determined after the design phase is completed. You will receive notice of any such assessments.