Clean and dependable supplies of water are critical to ensure a high quality of life and maintain a strong economy. Groundwater is of particular importance since it is the primary source of water for many Fond du Lac County residents and industries.
While municipal water supplies are subject to strict guidelines and water quality testing to ensure that water meets the criteria for safe drinking water; the thousands of household wells which serve as the primary water supply for rural residents are not routinely tested. These private well owners often know little about the quality of their well water and little information is available to assist them in identifying concerns.
If not carefully monitored, managed and protected, high-quality groundwater can be depleted or significantly degraded. When our clean water is degraded, it is often a time consuming and expensive process to determine where to locate the next well or how to obtain a safe supply of water.
Publication: Fond du Lac County Groundwater: A Community Resource
Laboratories certified to test drinking water –
Bacteriological testing - http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Wells/documents/PrivateLabs.pdf,
Chemical testing - http://dnr.wi.gov/regulations/labCert/documents/LabLists/SDWA_labs.pdf
Department of Natural Resources: Drinking Water – Laws and Rules, Publications and Water Quality Data
Answers To Questions About Common Water Contaminants in Drinking Water and Information for Homeowners with Private Wells
Well Water Quality Viewer: Private Well Data for Wisconsin
Center for Watershed Science and Education – University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Wisconsin Drinking Water Administrative Codes