New test results find PFAS contamination in some public wells in the Town of Campbell

17 public wells tested positive for PFAS; 2 at levels about the DHS proposed safety standard.
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TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (WKBT) — New test results find PFAS contamination in some public wells in the Town of Campbell. 

In March, The Wisconsin DNR issued an interim area-wide drinking water advisory for the Town of Campbell, after hundreds of private wells tested positive for PFAS. The group of man-made compounds was used to manufacture many products, including the firefighting foam sprayed at the La Crosse Regional Airport. Exposure to high amounts of PFAS is linked to infertility, thyroid disease and cancer. 

The DNR sampled both private and public wells and released the results of public wells June 3. Seventeen public wells tested positive for PFAS —  two at levels about the Department of Health Services proposed safety standard.

 The DNR is not naming the wells’ owners but does require them to notify their customers.

“We require those two systems  to continue to post a notice that our water has PFAS in it above recommended levels and then they will be supplying alternate water,” says Kyle Burton, field operations director for the DNR’s Bureau of Drinking and Groundwater .  

Island wide, more than 500 wells have tested positive for PFAS. In addition to the two businesses, the drinking water in 137 homes is not safe to drink, cook with, or use to brush your teeth.