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Vicious Cycle: The story of Wisconsin’s most common contaminant

More than two-thirds of Wisconsinites use groundwater as their drinking water source, but what happens if that water is contaminated? Over 80,000 private wells across the state are contaminated with high levels of nitrates, limiting resident’s access to clean drinking water and putting their health at risk. Homeowners, like Steven Shoemaker and Elisabeth Minich, are then on the hook for thousands of dollars to try and clean the water, but they say it should not be their responsibility.

In “Vicious Cycle: The Struggle For Clean Water,” homeowners with contaminated wells relay their experience of fighting for clean water, experts explain the dangerous health effects from too much nitrate consumption and one municipality weighs in on the struggle of providing clean drinking water to its residents.

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