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most current information and data found, as of May 2007, unless
OF DRINKING WATER
- Wisconsin has nearly 11,500 public
water systems which meet the daily water needs of about 4 million people. Public
water systems that are owned by a community are called municipal water systems.
Adams County has 4 municipal water systems.
- 2 of 4 municipal
water systems in Adams County have a wellhead
protection plan: Adams and Rome.
- 1 of 4 municipal
water systems in Adams County has a wellhead
protection ordinance: Adams.
- Adams County has adopted an animal
waste management ordinance.
- Over $5 million
have been spent on petroleum cleanup in Adams County from leaking underground
storage tanks, which equates to $257 per county
- 1 municipal water systems in Adams
County has spent money to reduce nitrate levels.
- From 1979 to 2005, total water use in Adams County has increased from
about 12.5 million gallons per day to 46.0 million gallons per day. *
- The increase in total water use over this period is due primarily to an increase
in irrigation. Notably commercial usage has doubled and domestic usage
has increased by 50%.
- The proportion of county water use supplied by groundwater has been consistently
above 99% from 1979 to 2005.*
- Water use in Wisconsin is generally estimated for the following
- Public use and losses
- Thermoelectric or
* Thermoelectric and mining data are not
considered in water-use tables or figures on this web site. Thermoelectric-power
water use is the amount of water used in the process of generating thermoelectric
power. The predominant use of water is as non-contact cooling water to condense
the steam created to turn the turbines and generate electricity.
OF GROUNDWATER TO CONTAMINANTS
- Wisconsin has abundant quantities
of high-quality groundwater, but once groundwater is contaminated, it's very
expensive and often not technically possible to clean.
- An evaluation of the
susceptibility of groundwater to contamination in Adams County can be seen
in the FULL REPORT or accessed through the map
- 91% of 1,007 private
well samples collected in Adams County from 1990-2006 met the health-based drinking
water limit for nitrate-nitrogen.
- A 2002 study estimated that 36%
of private drinking water wells in the region of Wisconsin that includes Adams
County contained a detectable level of an herbicide or herbicide metabolite.
Pesticides occur in groundwater more commonly in agricultural regions, but can
occur anywhere pesticides are stored or applied.
- 28,817 acres of land in Adams County
are in atrazine prohibition areas.
- No arsenic data were found for private
wells in Adams County.
SOURCES OF CONTAMINANTS
- There are 27
open-status sites in Adams County that have contaminated groundwater
and/or soil. These sites include 19 Leaking
Underground Storage Tank (LUST) sites, 5 Environmental Repair (ERP) sites and
3 spill sites.
- There is 1 concentrated
animal feeding operation in Adams County.
- There is 1 licensed
landfill in Adams County.
- There are no Superfund sites in Adams
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