County Well Water Overview

On January 9th, Diana gave a presentation (PDF, 3MB) to the Fond du Lac County UW-Extension, Agriculture, and Recreation Committee about well water. It includes: results of recent sampling programs in the Towns of Empire & Friendship, where to find other well water data using the WI Well Water Quality Viewer, past actions to learn […]

Read More...
Town of Friendship Logo

Friendship Area Water Sampling

Friendship Area Families with private drinking water wells tested their water in November 2018. There were only a few bacteria positive results, with no e. coli found, and only a few wells with nitrates in low levels. These results are typical for the Town and can be explained by the clay soils that help filter […]

Read More...
A woman taking a water sample from an outdoor home spigot.

Well Water Sampling Options

UW-Extension recommends that well owners sample their well at least once per year, at a different time of the year. You can test your water through the Fond du Lac County Health Department, the UW-Extension lab in Stevens Point, the State Lab of Hygiene or other private laboratories in the area. Below are descriptions of […]

Read More...
Waupun Warriors logo

Waupun Area Water Sampling Opportunity

Waupun Area Families with private drinking water wells are invited to sample drinking water with Rock River Intermediate School and UW-Extension. View Details & Secure Registration Options through Eventbrite Información en español (PDF, 2 pages) o habla a Diana a 920/929-3178 Reasons to Test Through This Program: Understand Risk: Testing reveals what, if any, contaminants […]

Read More...
Town of Oakfield logo

Oakfield Area Well Sampling Opportunity – 2017

Town of Oakfield invites area families to sample drinking well water. View Details & Secure Registration Options through Eventbrite Reasons to Test Through This Program: Understand Risk: Testing reveals what, if any, contaminants are in your drinking Your Children’s Health: Kids, especially babies and pregnant women, are more vulnerable to certain Increased Confidence in Water […]

Read More...
a person washing her hands

Arsenic in Well Water

  January 28, 2016       Arsenic is a naturally-occurring mineral found in bedrock layers. Recent well water sampling programs in the Towns of Lamartine and Osceola found arsenic detects at a rate slightly higher than the state average. The EPA recommends avoiding long-term consumption of drinking water containing arsenic at a higher level […]

Read More...
a person in a tractor doing field work

Manure Management and Water Quality

This series of maps and images (PDF, 9874 KB) shows: Examples of karts features (like sinkholes) that make surface water and groundwater in Fond du Lac County particularly vulnerable to contamination from field runoff, leaking septic systems, and over-applied lawn and garden chemicals. Regulations and rules that farmers follow when land applying manure, whey, or […]

Read More...
cross section of a well connected to the pressure tank in a basement

Oakfield & Fond du Lac Well Sampling Results

Residents in the Towns of Fond du Lac and Oakfield learned that their samples returned better results than the state average this week.  Coliform bacteria, nitrate, and arsenic, three of the most common problems detected with well water systems, were found minimally or not at all in the 118 wells sampled in the two townships. […]

Read More...
drippy faucet

Town of Fond du Lac Water Quality

Town of Fond du Lac residents sampled water on April 8, 2013.  Learn the results. Prior to this program, residents in the Town of Fond du Lac last sampled with the UW-Extension lab in Stevens Point in June, 2002. At that time, 87 wells were sampled.  Seven (9%) tested positive for coliform bacteria. Zero wells […]

Read More...

Town of Oakfield Water Quality

Town of Oakfield residents sampled well water on April 8, 2013.  View the results. Residents in the Town of Oakfield last sampled with the UW-Extension lab in Stevens Point in November, 1991. At that time, 44 wells were sampled. 10 of them (24%) tested positive for coliform bacteria. 4 (10%) of them had nitrate levels […]

Read More...