Water is an essential part of life, but it’s especially present here in Madison and Dane County, where we’re surrounded by lakes and farms. For today’s episode, Tuesday host Carousel Bayrd focuses on local water updates.
First up, we review Madison Water Utility’s latest annual drinking water quality report with civil engineer Kelly Miess. “We drink the tap water here,” she says. “We take that for granted—that’s not true everywhere.” She talks about Madison’s wells (including Well 15, closed for PFAS contamination), iron and manganese filtration, conservation efforts, and more.
In the second segment, Yogesh Chawla from the Dane County Board of Supervisors gives us a rundown on the state of Madison’s lakes, touching on important topics like drought, flooding, lake levels, algal bloom, and PFAS.
Note: Stay hydrated and stay safe this summer! Public Health Madison Dane County monitors local beaches for water quality. You can see their report of current water conditions here.
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