Department of Health Services makes groundwater recommendations

Department of Health Services makes groundwater recommendations
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The Department of Health Services has made groundwater quality standards recommendations for 27 substances.

After months of scientific review DHS announces their recommendation and findings of groundwater in Wisconsin. #News3Now pic.twitter.com/kflw53nuoO

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According to DHS, two per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, human-made chemicals were among the contaminants reviewed. These substances can be found in non-stick cookware, fast food wrappers, stain resistant sprays and firefighting foam.

“Using a rigorous, evidence-based process will help us assure that our water is safe, no matter where we live in the state,” DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk said.

DHS gave its recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR will decide whether or not rules need to be revised.

The last year groundwater standards were revised was 2010.

Wisconsin does not have a drinking water standard, instead it relies on the federal standard.

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said the city supports the governor’s initiative. This comes amid numerous studies about the levels of PFAS in Well 15 on East Washington Avenue.

“While Well 15 water more than meets the recommended standard, Madison Water Utility will continue to operate the city’s water system without Well 15 for the time being as we work with state and local health experts, the Department of Natural Resources and the public to determine next steps for the well,” Rhodes-Conway wrote.

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