2017 - Statewide Victory

The Well Compensation Bill (AB 226/SB 168)

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 and 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. Conservation voters were successful in passing this bill after sending over 2,200 comments to legislators asking them to support the bill.