PFAS Water Contamination Hits La Crosse/Eau Claire

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Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Advocates for clean drinking water joined together today to endorse President Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

In its most recent report card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Wisconsin’s drinking water systems a C minus. Something the Bluegreen Alliance says is unacceptable.

In western Wisconsin, PFAS contamination has hit La Crosse and Eau Claire.

Last week, the city of Eau Claire said half of its city wells are contaminated with PFAS, which is above state DNR standards.

Speakers say most Wisconsin families cannot rely on clean drinking water.

Richard Diaz of the Bluegreen Alliance said “We cannot stand to see another child face irreversible physical and mental damage from lead poisoning. In the same respect, we cannot stand to see another human being diagnosed with cancer from being exposed to PFAS.”

City leaders say the funding from Biden’s plan could assist with well testing, provide bottled water, and continue to replace lead pipes throughout the state.

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