Wisconsin DNR to begin testing for drinking water contamination in the Town of Campbell

The state agency will sample 200 private wells beginning April 19th.


TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (WKBT)- The Wisconsin DNR will begin testing for drinking water contamination in the Town of Campbell next week.  The state is already providing free bottled water homes on the island, after hundreds of private wells tested positive for dangerous chemicals called PFAS.

PFAS was used to produce the foam sprayed at the La Crosse Regional Airport for decades. Experts only recently learned high exposure to PFAS can cause health problems including infertility, thyroid disease and cancer. 

The City of La Crosse has taken responsibility for the contamination of more than 100 wells southeast of the airport, but it refused to test wells outside it’s testing zone, even after homeowners outside the city’s testing zone. reported PFAS contamination to the town. The DNR stepped in offering bottled water to anyone not already receiving it from the city. The state agency will begin to test 200 private wells across the island on April 19th. The DNR chose the 200 sample sites randomly.  They will be taken well south of the airport, south of I-90, and all the way to the southern tip of the island. “The reason for that is the goal here is to gather as much information as possible with the limited funding we have to understand the extent of the contamination on the island and inform next steps for the interim advisory.”, says DNR spokeswoman Jenna Soyer. 

Once a sample is taken, it takes about 30 days to get results.  The DNR hasn’t said where it will start testing. It will continue to provide water for at least six months. The agency can’t say when, where, or which neighborhoods will get a new permanent source of clean  drinking water. 

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