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A trade group says Wisconsin is among four states that has the highest levels of nitrate, which can cause health problems in pregnant women and the young.

The Water Quality Association is an Illinois-based trade association representing the residential, commercial, industrial, and small community water treatment industry in the United States.

Their spokesperson Wes Bleed says another association, The Environmental Working Group, has a report listing the places with the highest levels...

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The state is out with its annual report on our groundwater and two pollutants continue to be present: e coliform bacteria and nitrates.

The Groundwater Coordinating Council Report finds nearly three-fourths of state residents rely on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water.

DNR Groundwater Section Chief Bruce Rheineck says well contamination can come from a variety of sources...

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With the situation in Flint, Michigan as a backdrop, a first-of-its kind program to replace lead service lines on qualifying private properties is being expanded to 38 communities that requested assistance through the DNR.

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Northwoods property owners with private water wells should be on the alert for water contamination this time of year.

DNR private water section chief, Liesa Lehmann says well owners should take notice if the color or smell of the drinking water changes....

"....when temperatures warm we have snow melt or rivers rising and water running off on frozen ground. Any of those can create conditions that can send some of that surface water into the aquifer and into someone's private well..."

Legislature Favoring Private Municipal Water Owners

Feb 1, 2016
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A state Senate panel has endorsed a bill that could make it easier for private investors to own public water utilities in Wisconsin.

The G-O-P measure was endorsed on a three-to-two party line vote, and it now goes to the full Senate after the Assembly earlier approved a similar bill. Right now, private out-of-state firms can buy public water supplies, but affected voters must approve the deals in referendums.

The bill from Assembly Republican Tyler August of Lake Geneva would make referendums optional.

Boil Advisory Continues in Crescent

Jun 30, 2015
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A boil advisory continues for a popular public water spring near Rhinelander, though the situation could improve this week.

The Oneida County Health Department reports that testing at the town of Crescent's water spring just west of Rhinelander found coliform bacteria. Ice, food, and beverages prepared with this water should be discarded. Registered Sanitarian Todd Troskey says "the disinfection is going to occur this week. There's going to be a new lid made for the spring. The current lid probably isn't in real good shape," Troskey adds.