DNR: More Water for French Island + Listening Session

DNR to French Island/Town of Campbell

More Water + Listening Session

The Wisconsin Dept.of Natural Resources (DNR) issued the following news release Thursday afternoon.

Virtual Listening Session Sept. 9

To ensure access to safe drinking water, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the availability of temporary emergency water to residents of French Island.

On March 25, 2021, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) issued an interim area-wide drinking water advisory allowing the DNR to provide temporary emergency drinking water to residents of French Island for an initial period of six months under Wisconsin Administrative Code (Wis. Admin. Code) ch. NR 738. The DHS issued the interim advisory pending additional data that could allow for refinement of the advisory area.

On Aug. 17, 2021, the DHS completed a review of testing results for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in private wells on French Island. The DHS recommended that the health advisory remains in effect as originally written and that DNR and DHS staff continue to review incoming data to assess the need for the interim area-wide advisory periodically.

With the advisory still in effect, the DNR will continue to provide bottled water service to all residents with private well water on French Island who are not currently receiving water from the city of La Crosse. Residents currently receiving water do not need to take any further action; they will continue to receive bottled water from the DNR.

Residents not yet receiving bottled water can find sign-up information on the DNR’s French Island PFAS website or visit the Campbell Town Hall for a temporary water agreement form. Questions regarding bottled water service may be submitted to the DNR at DNRCampbellPFAS@wisconsin.gov or by telephone at 866-220-4841.

Residents will receive advance notice before any modification in bottled water service.

Information regarding the extension of water will also be shared at the upcoming virtual listening session for the Town of Campbell, taking place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9 via Zoom. During the listening session, the DNR will provide updates on water service, long-term water supply, and PFAS contamination sampling results in the Town of Campbell. The public is encouraged to participate and may offer comments and questions at the listening session. The public can submit questions in advance by emailing DNRCampbellPFAS@wisconsin.gov.

Vicki Markussen
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Author: Vicki Markussen

CEO/Founder, Engage Greater La Crosse


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