Thursday , 8 December 2016

SAFE, CLEAN WATER ELUDES MANY IN STATE

In this place, hundreds of thousands of people face the specter of drinking water from wells that is unsafe, tainted by one or more contaminants such as arsenic or nitrate. In this place, for some, even brushing their teeth or cooking a meal can give pause because of the risk of lead from aging water pipes. The dangers to children, often more susceptible to pollutants than adults, and even pets and livestock, cause nagging fear. Surely, this place — on a planet where the United Nations estimates 783 million people lack access to safe drinking water — lies in a distant nation. But this polluted water is right here. In many parts of Wisconsin. In a state whose very name evokes the image of lakes and rivers and clean, cool, abundant water. Lynda Cochart’s water from her private well was so poisoned by salmonella, nitrate, E. coli and manure-borne viruses that one researcher compared the results from her Kewaunee County farm to contamination in a Third World country. She suspects the problem is related to the county’s proliferation of large livestock operations, although testing did not pinpoint the source. http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/longform/news/local/2015/11/08/safe-clean-water-eludes-many-state/75316048/

 

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