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Water testing shows Summit well water safe to drink

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The La Crosse School District said that test results of the well water at Summit Environmental School on French Island show it is safe to drink.

The results of tests done to see if the well was contaminated with PFAS were released Monday afternoon by the district.

In a statement from Principal Dirk Hunter to parents, he said that, "the testing lab indicated that of the 18 PFAs tested for, only two were present at barely detectable levels. Both compounds were detected below the Limit of Quantitation, which means the levels were so low, the lab could not certify the numeric concentration present but could confirm the presence of the compounds. In everyday language, it is accurate to say the compounds were barely detectable, and well below the Department of Health Services (DHS) levels recommended for protecting health. The well water at Summit Environmental School is safe for drinking. The district will continue to monitor water quality moving forward."

The two types of PFAS chemicals found in the tests according to the district were PFBS and PFBA.

Results from the tests showed that water from the Summit well tested at 2.1 ng/L for PFBS. The recommended public health standard is 450,000 ng/L.

Further testing turned up 1.7 ng/L for PFBA. The recommended public health standard is 10,000 ng/L.


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