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  This report provides the most current information and data found, as of May 2007, unless otherwise noted.
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  • 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. Outagamie County has 17 municipal water systems.  Table showing water systems in Outagamie County

GROUNDWATER PROTECTION POLICIES   Table showing water systems in Outagamie County

  • 6 of 17 municipal water systems in Outagamie County have a wellhead protection plan: Darboy, Freedom, Greenville, Little Chute, Nichols and Seymour.
  • 4 of 17 municipal water systems in Outagamie County have a wellhead protection ordinance: Darboy, Greenville, Little Chute, and Seymour.
  • Outagamie County has adopted an animal waste management ordinance.


  • Over $46 million has been spent on petroleum cleanup in Outagamie County from leaking underground storage tanks, which equates to $332 per county resident.
  • No municipal water systems in Outagamie County have spent money to reduce nitrate levels.

GROUNDWATER USE    Water use figure

  • From 1979 to 2005, total water use in Outagamie County has decreased from 90.0 million gallons per day to about 66.8 million gallons per day.*
  • The decrease in total water use over this period is due to a decrease in industrial use.
  • The proportion of county water use supplied by groundwater has increased from about 12% to 29% during the period 1979 to 2000 and decreased to 19% in 2005.*
  • Water use in Wisconsin is generally estimated for the following categories:
    • Domestic
    • Livestock
    • Aquaculture
    • Irrigation
    • Industrial
    • Commercial
    • Public use and losses
    • Thermoelectric or mining*

* 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.



  • 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 Outagamie County can be seen in the FULL REPORT or accessed through the map link above.


  • 96% of 293 private well samples collected in Outagamie County from 1990-2006 met the health-based drinking water limit for nitrate-nitrogen.   Nitrate map
  • A 2002 study estimated that 33% of private drinking water wells in the region of Wisconsin that includes Outagamie 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.   Statewide pesticide map
  • 7,852 acres of land in Outagamie County are in atrazine prohibition areas. Map showing atrazine prohibition areas in Outagamie County
  • 64% of 488 private well samples collected in Outagamie County met the health standard for arsenic.


  • There are 111 open-status sites in Outagamie County that have contaminated groundwater and/or soil. These sites include 34 Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) sites, 66 Environmental Repair (ERP) sites, 5 spill sites and 6 Voluntary Party Liability Exemption (VPLE) sites.   BRRTS map
  • There are 5 concentrated animal feeding operations in Outagamie County.
  • There are 3 licensed landfills in Outagamie County.
  • There is 1 Superfund site in Outagamie County.

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