By Tim Kowols
The latest round of testing of wells in Kewaunee County shows human and bovine populations have played in role in water contamination in the area. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 wells have been traced to bovine contamination and 18 wells have been affected by human contamination out of the 82 that were tested over three different time periods in 2016. Kewaunee County conservationist Davina Bonness says while manure could do its damage during wet conditions, human waste from leaking septic tanks could do as much harm during dry times. It is why, according to Bonness, both sides need to work together on a common solution.
More test results from random well owners in Kewaunee County are still to come as officials wait to get more word on January’s round of testing and another is set to begin next month. Bonness says mapping where the affected wells are located will take place at the conclusion of the study.