(WSAW) — New efforts in the state legislature are looking to help people facing contaminated groundwater throughout Wisconsin. A local group is hoping to push those efforts even further, ensuring state leaders know it is a life-threatening problem in the central sands area.
More and more people with private wells are learning they have to rely on bottled water to cook, brush their teeth with, and, of course, drink because their only source of water is contaminated by nitrates. It is becoming a crisis in several areas around the state, but people in Portage, Wood, Juneau, and Adams counties are working to ensure lawmakers know it is chronic for them.
“It should be everybody wanting to make sure we have access to clean drinking water in the 25-percent that’s on a private well,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said last week during a press conference.
At that time, he along with all Assembly republicans wrote a letter to Gov. Tony Evers about their priorities in this next session, places they believe they can find common ground. One of those places was clean water.