Jun 24, 2019

Wisconsin Governor Announces Drinking Water Protections

The passage of two new resolutions are designed to protect Wisconsin water from chemicals like PFAS

The passage of two new resolutions are designed to protect Wisconsin water from chemicals like PFAS

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced drinking water protections designed to protect the state’s drinking water from toxic chemicals and contaminants. Evers introduced the resolutions addressing lead service lines after it was found that they may be contributing to lead in drinking water, according to Urban Milwaukee.

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers PFAS Strategy Coordination Resolution focuses on the affect per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is having in Wisconsin. According to Urban Milwaukee, groundwater and soil contamination was found in Marinette, Wis., where firefighting foam was used.

The other resolution, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers Protecting Against Drinking Water Contaminants, addresses pipes. There are around 240,000 lead service lines in the state. Pipes contribute 50 to 75% of total lead measured in tap water in Wisconsin homes, according to Urban Milwaukee.

“We strongly believe that a strong environment translates into a strong economy, and that includes clean, safe water for every citizen to consume and enjoy. Unfortunately, clean water is not something available to all Wisconsinites,” Gov. Evers said to Urban Milwaukee. “The same way I am working to do my best to connect the dots across Wisconsin, we are also working hard to connect the dots across the Great Lakes region.”

According to the Great Lakes Commission, “the Great Lakes hold 90% of the U.S. supply of fresh surface water.” More than 48 million people in North America rely on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River for drinking water use, according to Urban Milwaukee.

“Tens of thousands of people in Wisconsin are afraid to turn on their tap to drink water. That is unacceptable, and we must fix it,” Gov. Evers told Urban Milwaukee. “Ensuring safe and reliable drinking water is not only fundamental to the health of our communities, but it is also a public health priority.”

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