Tuesday, June 29, 2010

DNR Investigates Poisoned Wells In Caledonia, WI

June 28, 2010 - Don't drink the water. That's the message some Racine County residents have been hearing since last summer.

Their wells are contaminated, and they're still waiting to find out what's causing the problem.

"You can't drink it. You can't cook with it," Caledonia resident Gordon Polster said.

The problem is that his well, and many others, contains high levels of a contaminant called molybdenum. It is a naturally occurring byproduct of materials such as coal ash.

Polster and more than a dozen of his neighbors live near the WE Energies Oak Creek coal plant.

The Department of Natural Resources is trying to determine a source, and has identified a nearby landfill as a possibility.


1 comment:

Julia said...

We had molybdenum in our well a few years ago and found out about it being in your water on their site (http://mypurewater.com/blog/2010/09/08/what-can-i-do-when-my-well-water-is-tainted/). It is really nasty stuff, so make sure not to drink your water before it gets cleaned out!