AB 226/SB 168: Helping Private Owners Replace Contaminated Wells and Septic Systems

This bill is:
Pro-Conservation

Date Introduced:
April 10, 2017

Legislative Categories:
Water

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Bill Description

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection estimates that roughly one in five private wells in rural areas of our state have levels of agricultural pollution that make the water unsafe to drink. AB 226 & SB 168 make it easier for more households to replace the costs of their contaminated wells or failing septic systems by allowing local governments to provide low cost or no-cost loans to replace these wells and systems. It also increases the maximum grant amount under the state’s Well Compensation Grant program to $12,000.

Current Status

AB 226 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry. It had a public hearing on May 16, 2017, and was voted out of committee. AB 226 passed the full Assembly on a voice vote on June 21, 2017. SB 168 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. It had a public hearing on June 6, 2017, and was voted out of committee. The bill passed the Senate on a voice vote on October 31, 2017. Governor Walker signed the bill into law on November 27, 2017.

Committee History

Full Vote Data

Assembly:  Passed by Voice Vote

Senate:  Passed by Voice Vote

Governor:  Governor Signed into Law

Citizen Action Needed

Contact your legislators and thank them for supporting AB 226.