Third La Crosse well tests positive for PFAS; city says it is rarely used

Well 26

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Another La Crosse municipal well near the airport has tested positive for PFAs contamination.

Well 26 is located on the northwest side of the La Crosse Regional Airport.

According to the city, it tested positive for the man-made compounds last month in two separate tests.

La Crosse’s utility manager Bernard Lenz tells News 8 Now Well 26 is only used during high times of demand and hasn’t been used since last summer.

The city says the levels of PFAS in Well 26 are below the state’s proposed safety standard.

It joins Wells 23 and 24 that have been out of service, since they tested positive for high levels of PFAs in 2014.

PFAs has been linked to infertility, thyroid disease, and cancer.

Close to 200 private wells in the town of Campbell have also tested positive for PFAs, prompting the DNR to issue a drinking water advisory. and provide free water to town residents while it investigates the extend and sources of contamination.

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