DNR Private Drinking Water Well PFAS Sampling In Town Of Peshtigo Ending Soon

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will soon complete its sampling project to identify private drinking water wells that may have been contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the Expanded Site Investigation Area in the town of Peshtigo.

The DNR and its contractor, Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions (Wood), will sample private drinking water wells in the area through the end of June 2021.

The DNR-led sampling effort has been ongoing since the fall of 2020. To date, more than 400 private drinking water wells have been sampled.

Well owners in the Expanded Site Investigation Area who returned a Potable Well Survey and an Access Permission Agreement to either the DNR or Wood but who have not been contacted to schedule the well sampling should contact the DNR immediately to schedule the sampling at DNRJCIPFAS@wisconsin.gov or by telephone at 1-888-626-3244. Those expecting a packet who did not receive one should also contact the DNR.

If the sample results from a well exceed the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Cycle 10 and Cycle 11 recommended groundwater standards, the DNR will contact the well owner via telephone within 24 hours of receipt of laboratory data. The DHS will contact well owners if additional action is warranted.

Well owners and area residents with questions about the DNR's sampling of potable wells are encouraged to email DNRJCIPFAS@Wisconsin.gov or call 1-888-626-3244.