In Southwestern Wisconsin, about half of the residents in Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties get their drinking water from private wells rather than municipal systems, but a recent study is calling the quality of that water into question. The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology (SWIGG) study was funded to research the quality of the drinking water in the private wells of the region. In just the preliminary results, more than 40 percent of the water samples tested exceeded safe limits for nitrate and bacterial levels, which can cause health mild to severe health issues for consumers. Scott Laeser, Water Program Director for Clean Wisconsin, joins Kai Brito in the studio to discuss these issues.
* Kai Brito was a former communications intern at Clean Wisconsin
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