DNR warns spring thaw could contaminate wells

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is warning people the spring thaw could contaminate their wells and drinking water.

DNR officials say flood waters and runoff contain bacteria and other contaminants. Wells located in pits, basements and low-lying areas are particularly susceptible.

Well owners should watch for signs of flooding and any change in their water's smell, color or taste. They also should conduct annual tests for bacteria and nitrates.

Well owners who suspect contamination should find an alternate water source, disinfect the well and sample the well before resuming consumption.

AP-WF-03-23-14 1104GMT


The comment sections of our web set are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from the viewers but we are not obligated to post comments we feel inappropriate or violate our guidelines. Here are some of the criteria you should follow when posting comments:

Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. Children and families visit this site. We will delete comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.

We will delete all comments using hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our web site.

Comments should not attack other readers personally.

We will delete comments we deem offensive, in bad taste, or out of bounds. We are not obligated to post comments that are rude or insensitive.

We do not edit user-submitted comments.

As a host WEAU 13 News welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However, we have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason WEAU 13 News reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
WEAU 13 NEWS 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54701 By Phone: Main Number (715) 835-1313 and (715) 832-3474. Tip Line (715) 839-WEAU - (715) 839-9328 Sports Line (715) 852-1537
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 251797141 - weau.com/a?a=251797141
Gray Television, Inc.