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Wisconsin has the most public drinking supplies in the countrySubmitted: 05/22/2014
Story By Melissa Constanzer

Wisconsin has the most public drinking supplies in the country
WISCONSIN - When we reach for a glass of water, we hope it's safe to drink. Thankfully, here in the Northwoods and the rest of Wisconsin, it is.

The most public water supplies in the country can be found in Wisconsin. The state has more than eleven-thousand public water supplies. Most meet high standards.

"The last report for ground water performance for Wisconsin, we had greater than ninety-six percent of water systems that had no samples that were out of compliance," says Mark Pauli, DNR Drinking Water Specialist.

Every year water samples are tested for more contaminants. That means it's harder to meet high water quality standards. So the DNR wants everyone to think local and act local.

"We have to have more local involvement, more local control on what infiltrates and what type of businesses operate within that recharge area for that particular well so that we can control the water quality that's going to be served by that well," said Pauli

Water management needs to be proactive on keeping water safe. The state of Wisconsin manages testing and does it often. This prevents people from getting sick.


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