Town of Lincoln Accuses Water Pod Maker of Ignoring Pilot Project

Frustrated by a lack of communication with a Milwaukee-based company that began a clean water pilot project with the Town of Lincoln two years ago, the town board decided at its Sept. 10 meeting that it has had enough and requested “full reimbursement for the failed implementation of their units” from Stonehouse Water Technologies.

In a press release from the town, it explains that it entered into a partnership with Stonehouse Water Technologies more than two years ago “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.”

Five of Stonehouse’s Water Pod systems “were strategically placed throughout our township in order to create a comprehensive understanding of our water concerns,” the release stated. “To date, Stonehouse Water has failed on every aspect of our pilot project and has ceased communication with town leadership.”

According to town records, the last formal contact between the town and Stonehouse was in October 2017 when the town requested a meeting with company officials but Stonehouse representatives did not attend the meeting.

“It is clear that Stonehouse Water Technologies used the Town of Lincoln at the expense of our township and its loyal residents,” the release stated. “To date, some of our pilot members have yet to receive a simple report on their system’s performance. This misrepresentation of our pilot program, and ultimately our residents is not tolerated.”

The town said it has sent correspondence to Stonehouse Water Technologies in 90 day intervals requesting full reimbursement for the failed implementation of their units.

“Stonehouse Water Technologies took advantage of an already vulnerable population dealing with significant quality of life issues,” the press release concluded. “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.”

Anne Wick, vice president of community relations at Stonehouse Water Technologies, told the Pulse the company was thrown for a loop by the town’s accusations, but the executive staff was offsite this week so a response to the charges was not available. We’ll have an update on the company’s perspective next week.

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