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City of Eau Claire employee Rod Bowe flushes a hydrant Tuesday along Airport Road in Eau Claire. The city systematically opens hydrants at times to remove mineral deposits from water mains. In 2023, Eau Claire’s water utility is expecting to spend more for capital projects than it does in a typical year due to measures to deal with PFAS chemicals found in some municipal wells.

EAU CLAIRE — Spending on water utility projects is poised to rise next year in Eau Claire, due in large part to efforts to remove PFAS contamination at the city’s wellfield.

In addition to perennial spending to keep Eau Claire’s waterworks running smoothly, the city’s proposed projects for 2023 includes measures to deal with “forever chemicals” first discovered last year in several municipal wells.

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