On May 8, the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality met in Lancaster, Wisconsin and heard a presentation from Joel Stokdyk, U.S. Geological Survey Biologist, on the results of 301 private wells sampled in November 2018 in Iowa, Grant and LaFayette Counties. The sampling is part of a two-year study on groundwater quality commissioned by the three counties, called the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study — or SWIGG. Results showed 34 percent positive for total chloroform, 4 percent positive for E. coli and 16 percent had high nitrate contamination. Considering the results together revealed 42 percent of contaminated private wells across the three counties which generally exceeded the statewide averages.

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