By Tim Kowols
A pilot water system project by a Milwaukee-based company has left a sour taste in the mouth of Town of Lincoln board members. Lincoln has been one of the most negatively affected towns in Kewaunee County by groundwater contamination. Stonehouse Water Technologies installed whole-house water systems in five homes in Lincoln with promises of providing clean, safe water to residents and valuable information for the company and town officials about what was going in and out of its pipes. That occurred in the spring of 2017. According to a release from the board, some residents have not received reports on their water systems and the company has not corresponded with the town since a meeting between the two parties was requested October 24, 2017. Town chairperson Cory Cochart says he does not know what happened, but he is not happy about it.
During Monday’s town board, Lincoln officials announced it has requested full reimbursement for the project from the company every 90 days since the failed meeting and will continue to do so. Algoma Schools Superintendent and Town of Lincoln board member Nick Cochart says the same company installed their water kiosk three years ago and has not been back since, leaving the district to handle its maintenance. A representative from Stonehouse Water Technologies could not be reached Tuesday morning.
PRESS RELEASE READ DURING MONDAY’S TOWN OF LINCOLN BOARD MEETING
September 11, 2018
Over the past two years, the Town of Lincoln has been actively pursuing solutions to our water quality concerns. During that time, the township partnered with Stonehouse Water Technologies to provide a solution to the wide array of contamination concerns our residents were experiencing. Our pilot program was designed to determine the impact, cost, maintenance structure, and the variation of water quality on a daily basis. From the very beginning, the town was steadfast in not only providing clean water but also collecting data to further understand the range and types of contamination our residents were experiencing. A total of five systems were strategically placed throughout our township in order to create a comprehensive understanding of our water concerns.
To date, Stonehouse Water has failed on every aspect of our pilot project and has ceased communication with town leadership. It is unfortunate that a company organized around assisting individuals and communities has chosen to disregard and misrepresent our township. It is clear that Stonehouse Water Technologies used the Town of Lincoln at the expense of our township and its loyal residents. To date, some of our pilot members have yet to receive a simple report on their systems performance. This misrepresentation of our pilot program, and ultimately our residents is not tolerated. Almost a year ago, on October 24, 2017 the town board of supervisors requested to meet with Stonehouse Water Technologies but representation from Stonehouse failed to attend.
Therefore, the Town of Lincoln has sent correspondence to Stonehouse Water Technologies in 90 day intervals requesting full reimbursement for the failed implementation of their units. The township will continue in our effort to be fully reimbursed due to a litany of concerns, misrepresentation of pilot principles, and a complete disregard for the trust bestowed by elected officials and town residents. Stonehouse Water Technologies took advantage of an already vulnerable population dealing with significant quality of life issues. It is even more discouraging to see these practices continue which puts other vulnerable populations at risk of exploitation. Therefore, let it be known that this pilot project was not a success and that the record of Stonehouse Water Technologies aligns more with deception rather than assistance.
Town of Lincoln Board of Supervisors.