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Evers Seeks More Funding To Replace Polluted Wells

Budget Plan Would Add $1.6M To Grant Program For Private Wells

Jean Carter with the water spigot used to test her well water
Jean Carter poses for a photograph with the water spigot that is used to test her well water, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 in Dimock, Pa. Alex Brandon/AP Photo

Gov. Tony Evers says his budget will seek more money for replacing polluted wells.

Evers announced Wednesday that his budget will allocate $2 million for a grant program that funds replacement, repairs or treatment for polluted private wells that serve homes or livestock. That’s an increase of $1.6 million.

He says his budget will offer a new cost-share option that calls for the Department of Natural Resources to cover up to $16,000 in repairs for families below the median income.

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The governor says his budget also will direct the DNR to spend $75,000 to evaluate drinking water contamination in Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties. The counties are already funding part of the study.

Evers announced earlier this week that he’ll seek nearly $70 million in additional borrowing to combat water pollution and replace lead pipes.