City of Plymouth Wisconsin Plymouth Wisconsin City Government Mon, 08 Dec 2014 19:32:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Plymouth Utilities Billing Statements to Provide Customers with Valuable Information Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:42:09 +0000 Tanya Customers of Plymouth Utilities will discover a new look when they open their bill statements this month. The utility has updated its statements with a new design and format aimed at helping customers make more informed decisions about their energy use.

“One of the most immediate and effective things we can do during these difficult economic times is to help customers keep their bills down by encouraging them to conserve and use less energy,” said Brian Yerges, City Administrator/Utilities Manager.   “And the billing process is an opportunity to communicate ways that customers can do just that.”

In addition to the monthly balance, and detailed electric, water and wastewater service charges, the new statements will feature usage comparison charts for both electric and water consumption. The new format will enable customers to quickly visualize how their current month’s usage compares to the previous month. The charts also display data for the same period for the previous year.

“We know that customers are more likely to reduce their consumption when they are regularly provided with this information in a clearly displayed and easy-to-understand format,” said Yerges.

The bills will also feature energy-saving tips, expert advice and timely messages about technical assistance and financial incentives available to utility customers.

The utility implemented the redesign as part of a pilot effort in partnership with power supplier WPPI Energy.  The Plymouth Utilities format is anticipated to serve as a model that will also help WPPI Energy’s 50 other member utilities to improve their billing statements and put more information into the hands of customers.

Together, the 51 community-owned utilities in WPPI Energy’s membership serve 195,000 homes and business in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa. Together, the consumer-owned utilities are helping their customers better understand their energy costs and help them make more informed decisions about their consumption.

For more information about the new billing statements, Plymouth Utilities customers are encouraged to contact the utility at 920-893-1471 or visit

How to Read your new Utilities Bill

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Joint Action Keeps Local Utility Strong Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:20:08 +0000 Tanya By Mayor Don Pohlman

Plymouth is one of 2,000 communities nationwide that has its own electric utility, which is owned by the community and overseen by the Plymouth Common Council.

Why does this matter?  As a public power community, we benefit from reliable service and reasonable rates.  The employees of Plymouth Utilities provide prompt, hometown service. Equally important is the utility’s not-for-profit status.  The revenue generated by our utility stays within the community’s control, contributing to job creation and supporting the local economy.  Dollars are re-invested in needed local electric infrastructure and service to our customers.

In addition, Plymouth Utilities has been a member of WPPI Energy since 2001.  By joining the organization, we joined forces with 50 other locally owned utilities in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa.  By working together through WPPI Energy – known as a joint action agency – our community has:

  • A reliable power provider that strives to keep electricity costs lower over the long term, which is possible in part to WPPI Energy’s ownership stake in power generation facilities and transmission assets.
  • A commitment to sustainability, as 13% of our power supply comes from renewable resources.
  • Access to joint purchasing, shared technologies, programs, and services to better serve residents and keep our businesses competitive.  In 2013, our utility helped customers reduce energy usage by 2,996 megawatt-hours, equivalent to the average annual energy usage of 332 homes in the Upper Midwest.  These efforts saved homes and businesses $271,685 in energy costs in just one year.
  • A seat at the table with regulators and policymakers so we can better advocate for rules and legislation that protect customers.  In 2013, we encouraged state legislators to enact a new Wisconsin law that preserves the privacy of municipal utility customers.   At the national level, we are actively working to preserve tax-exempt financing for all of our communities.   We’ll be just as active to ensure that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new greenhouse gas rules do not adversely affect our customers.

For local governments, finding efficiencies remains as important as ever.  During National Public Power Week, October 5-11, Plymouth will commemorate 113 years as a public power community. It’s a decision that has paid many dividends over the decades.  We will also celebrate our joint action partnership with other utilities through WPPI Energy, which gives us the needed resources to keep our city up and running every day.

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Plymouth Public Library Closed for Final Re-carpeting Stage Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:07:57 +0000 Tanya The Plymouth Public Library will be closed from Monday, August 18th,
through Monday, September 1st.
The library will be finishing its re-carpeting project during those two
weeks.  The bookdrop will be open for returns.

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What Is One Way We Can Reduce Our Sewage Bill? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:52:17 +0000 Tanya The wastewater that collects in the sanitary sewer is not the only source of water that arrives at the wastewater treatment plant.  Infiltration and inflow of rainwater, snow melt and ground water can get in the collection system through cracks in sanitary sewers and home laterals, down spouts, sump pumps, and leaks into manhole covers and infrastructure.

The water that runs through the street or your yard during a snow melt or rain event should not collect in the sanitary sewer. It is routed to storm sewers which ultimately flow to the Mullet River.

Your home contains a collection system around its foundation so that water does not enter your basement. This water collects in a sump in your basement and a pump in that pit should be pumping the water out on the ground of your yard so that it flows to the storm sewer. It should not be connected to the sanitary sewer. (The City of Plymouth does have an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of the sump pump into the sanitary sewer).

“So who cares if my groundwater is pumped into the sanitary sewer? I don’t want that water running through my yard. And besides, my sump pump runs all winter long and I don’t need water freezing in my yard”.  The City of Plymouth does have sub divisions that are in areas that contain a fair amount of groundwater and the sump pump does run all winter long. Contact the Plymouth Utilities and we can see what we can do for you. There are methods to route the water to the storm sewer.

All of this extra water causes more difficulty in operating the wastewater treatment plant in wet weather conditions and at this point in time would be the main cause of an upgrade to the facility that will cost millions of dollars. It also costs more energy to move the extra water through the treatment plant. Each homeowner and business can have an impact by all of us working together to reduce inflow and infiltration so we can keep our costs down.

chart image for 7-22-14 posted article

The left column represents wastewater flow to the treatment plant in million gallons per day (blue) and of water pumped out of the ground each day to the homes and businesses in Plymouth (green). As you can see, the rain events (red) contribute to increases in flow to the wastewater treatment plant, especially in the spring when the ground begins to thaw and it is saturated with water. The more the blue line elevates the more likely we will need a new upgrade to the wastewater plant.

By:  Mike Penkwitz, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent



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Antiques Appraisal Event at Plymouth Public Library Thu, 08 May 2014 13:25:49 +0000 Tanya Library Antiques event

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Foundation Funding Helps Create Downtown Initiative Thu, 01 May 2014 20:14:48 +0000 Tanya Downtown Business Manager Pilot Project

Plymouth, WI – A $150,000 grant from the Lakeshore Community Foundation will benefit a joint two-year downtown pilot project between the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority.  The grant is being funded by the Plymouth Downtown Community Initiatives Fund of the Lakeshore Community Foundation.

The joint project will sponsor a part-time Downtown Business Manager to help create focus on the downtown for an initial two-year period.  The pilot project will identify the needs of downtown businesses, assist in marketing the downtown, and better connect downtown business owners with the resources and information that they need to continue to be successful.  The downtown development assistance is meant to spark a renewed interest in downtown Plymouth and encourage a community discussion about long-term support and community collaboration in the downtown.  The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Plymouth Redevelopment Authority (RDA) will jointly hire the Downtown Business Manager.

Christine Thill, Chamber President “This is a wonderful opportunity to merge efforts with a common goal – a strong and vital downtown business community.  The Chamber is very excited to participate in this innovative pilot program.”

Lakeshore Community Foundation, Inc. was created in 2009 to enable the people of the Lakeshore Area of East Central Wisconsin to make lasting charitable contributions to their community. As a tax-exempt, public charity, it receives, administers, and distributes gifts from individuals and organizations for the long-term benefit of the Lakeshore Area. For more information about the Lakeshore Community Foundation, please visit

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Utilities Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:18:40 +0000 cringel 0 Saturday Yard Waste Drop Off Begins April 19 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:35:43 +0000 Tanya Residents of the City of Plymouth may drop off yard waste at the Municipal Garage, 1004 Valley Rd. on Saturdays beginning April 19.  Hours are from 9 am to 3 pm.  Weekday yard waste drop off hours are 7:15 am to 3:15 pm.

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End of Freezing Water – Notice Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:24:40 +0000 Tanya With the warmer weather and recent rain along with this week’s weather forecast we are ending the requirement for running water to prevent freezing water laterals.

Thank you for your cooperation during this unusually cold winter. If you have any questions contact me at 893-1471.


 William Immich, P.E.

City of Plymouth

Director of Public Works / City Engineer

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So what is wastewater and how does it get to the wastewater treatment plant in Plymouth? Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Tanya A homeowner, renter, industry or restaurant purchases water from the Plymouth Utilities and that water is pumped into their building. This water comes from deep wells in the City of Plymouth. The water is then consumed, used in the kitchen, used in the bathroom, used for the production of materials or used for the cleaning of production equipment. Those uses of the water make it dirty to various degrees and it is flushed down a toilet or runs into a drain.

The journey then begins to the wastewater treatment plant.

The wastewater flows into one pipe at the lowest point of the building and then makes a 90 degree turn and travels out to the street. This four inch pipe is called the lateral and the building owner owns it. Each one of these pipes is connected to an eight inch pipe that is located in the middle of the street.  A home or business is part of a subdivision and these subdivisions contain more than one eight inch pipe. These pipes from a subdivision empty into a 10 or 15 inch pipe which can handle a larger volume of flow.

These larger pipes on the west side of the City connect to a 30 inch pipe at the intersection of Clifford and South Streets.  The larger pipes on the east side flow to the southeast and collect in a 15 inch pipe at a lift station on County Road PP.  This wastewater is pumped to the 30 inch pipe on South Street just north of the wastewater treatment plant on County Road PP.  All of the flow then flows to the treatment plant.

The wastewater treatment plant is located in one of the lowest elevations in the City and so the waste is able to flow downhill or by gravity. (Three lift station in the city lift the water from low areas and pump it into sewers that flow downhill).

Some comparisons:         One person typically uses 50 gallons of water per day and an industry can use 60,000 gallons per day. The west side of the City generates about 75% of the wastewater and the east side generates 25%. An industry may have a six to an eight inch pipe leaving its building.

All of this flow adds up to an average daily total of 1,700,000 gallons per day.

Sewer laterals image   Picture and article by Mike Penkwitz, Plymouth Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor

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