DNR Working With Health Services to Provide Safe Water in Wisconsin
Thursday, July 29th, 2021 -- 9:01 AM
(WRN) The Department of Natural Resources is teaming up with the Department of Health Services to boost protection and education on safe water in Wisconsin.
DNR secretary Preston Cole says that means getting PFAS and heavy metals out of drinking water, but also stepping up enforcement on nitrates from farms getting into groundwater.
"Safe water in rural Wisconsin is equally as important as our cities, towns, and villages, so we want to be able to work with our ag community so that we can lay down the gauntlet to protect human health."
Cole says this also means working on lead water pipe removals, as well as addressing industrial and agricultural runoffs like PFAS and Nitrates. "And our responsibility is to work with industry, to work with cities, towns, and villages so that they too can live their true dreams out with clean water."
Cole says the state is still working on getting those lead water lines out of dozens of communities in Wisconsin, and hopes that no child will have to grow up drinking contaminated water.
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