Findings of Kewaunee County well water study released in meeting

Findings from a water test that began in October
Well tests in Kewaunee County reveal quality of drinking water after residents' concerns
Published: Jan. 11, 2023 at 4:29 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - People in Kewaunee County are concerned over the conditions of their drinking water. A meeting was held Wednesday evening discussing well test results in areas of concern.

In response to recent findings, an additional, more targeted round of well water testing began in October.

Officials in Kewaunee County were expected to reveal the results of that well testing, especially in the village of Casco, at a meeting of the county Land and Water Conservation Committee at the Luxemburg Expo Center on Wednesday evening.

“We’re also finding new areas of concern in the village of Casco,” says Davina Bonness, the county conservationist for the Department of Land and Water Conservation. “When you’re testing one or two wells in a year, you’re not going to see the extent of contamination, but now in this last round, we made it a point to target Casco very heavy.”

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services warns those who drink water with any amount of nitrate over 10 parts per million may experience health issues.

Wednesday night’s meeting not only covers affected wells in the area but also possible solutions for contaminated wells.

The DNR recommends people with private wells test their water at least once a year. A coastal management grant is funding free tests for eligible landowners.