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La Crosse council approves $25,000 more in bottled water for families with PFAS in wells

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The latest vote to supply bottled water to French Island families sort of flew under the radar at Thursday’s meeting of the La Crosse city council. 

A plan to spend $25,000 of city contingency funds on more drinking water for families with tainted wells was approved with no debate.  It was part of the consent agenda of items easily approved as a group at the end of the council meeting. 

More than 500 private wells in the town of Campbell have excessive levels of PFAS chemicals, reportedly traced to firefighting foam used for years at the nearby La Crosse Airport. 

The city previously spent $15,000 to provide bottled water to the families with polluted wells.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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