Tuesday, August 22, 2017

EPA commends Water Well program addressing E. coli contamination in Wisconsin

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently commended the Peninsula Pride Farms’ Water Well program in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, for providing short-term relief to nearby residents whose private drinking water wells have been contaminated with E. coli, regardless of the source.
 
The voluntary measure comes after the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s (DNR) Groundwater Collaboration Workgroup Final Report, released in June, and helps fulfill that report’s requirements. The report is available to the public after the Wisconsin DNR presented it at a public meeting.
 
“EPA is pleased that Peninsula Pride Farms’ Water Well program will provide short-term relief to Kewaunee County residents affected by E. coli contaminated drinking water wells,” Acting EPA Region 5 Administrator Robert Kaplan said. “We have worked closely with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to keep all the parties focused on ensuring people have access to safe drinking water.”
 
The EPA encouraged Peninsula Pride Farms and state and local agencies to continue their cooperation and discussions toward improved public health. The agency also reiterated that it will continue working with those groups on implementing the report’s recommendations and monitoring the results of actions taken.

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