Environmental Health Contact: Ben Jeffrey
ARPA Well Water Nitrate ProgramThe Juneau County Health Department along with Juneau County Land and Water have reserved funds from the American Rescue Plan to assist county residents install reverse osmosis systems in homes that have tested for high nitrate levels. If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill in the cost share form and return it to Juneau County Land and Water at 1001 Division St Mauston, WI. If you have any questions or need assistance filling out the form, please contact Land & Water at 608-847-6607 or the Health Department at (608) 847-9373
CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION
Well Water Information and TestingMake sure you're serving your family safe drinking water. While most private water wells in Wisconsin provide safe drinking water, some may become contaminated with bacteria and other pollutants that are not filtered out when the water soaks into the ground.
The Juneau County Department recommends you test your private well for coliform bacteria contamination at least once a year, if flooding has occurred, and any time you notice a change in how the water looks, tastes, or smells. Even if your water looks, tastes, and smells good, it can contain harmful bacteria and viruses. A nitrate test is also recommended for households with pregnant women and/or children. Infants are more susceptible to infection from contaminated water. Additionally, water high in nitrates causes "Blue Baby Syndrome", which limits the ability of the blood to carry oxygen. Free well water testing is available for households with pregnant women and children aged 5 and under.
If you are interested in testing your water, you can pick up a kit at the Juneau County Health Department Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
More information regarding private well water:
- Well Water Sample Collection Procedure
- Information for Homeowners with Private Wells - Wisconsin DNR website
- DNR Private Drinking Water Well Testing Recommendations (PDF)
- DNR: What’s Wrong With My Water?
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Water Issues Website
- DNR: Nitrate in Drinking Water
- WI DHS Drinking Water Resources
RadonRadon is an invisible and odorless, naturally occurring, radioactive gas that seeps through the ground and into residential homes and other buildings alike. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after cigarette smoking. Although inhalation of radon gas poses the greatest danger to human health, ingesting radon through drinking water is known to cause a risk of stomach cancer.
Radon testing is simple and inexpensive. Do it yourself test kits can be purchased at the Juneau County Health Department and the Necedah and Elroy Village Offices for only $10.00.
More information about Radon:
http://www2.epa.gov/bedbugs or Contact the Wood County Health Department at (715) 421-8911
Environmental Health ServicesThe Juneau County Health Department has an agreement with the Wood County Health Department to administer environmental health programming.
Investigation and referral or complaints concerning food establishments, public swimming facilities, and human health hazards. Information on food and water safety, air quality, lead, etc.
- Human Health Hazard Investigation
- Air Quality
- Water quality testing
- Asbestos inspections
- Tattoo and Body piercing establishment licensing
- Lead hazard/lead poisoning investigation and consultation
- Radon testing and consultation
- Transient non-community water program
- Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Food Safety Program
- Food Safety Links
- Inspection and Licensing Information
- General Environmental Health Information
Childhood Lead TestingThere is no safe level of lead exposure in the human body; even very low levels of exposure can cause permanent brain damage and negatively affect health throughout the child's life, especially those between 6 months and 6 years of age. Many lead hazards still exist in homes and the environment, including paint, vinyl mini-blinds, chalk, candlewicks, and others. These hazards are commonly present during painting and remodeling of pre-1978 housing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines lead poisoning as a blood lead level of 3.5 or greater. Children with a lead level of 3.5 or greater are provided with follow-up and consultation with a Public Health Nurse. Follow-up may include phone calls, home visits, consultation with the primary health care provider, and a home lead risk assessment by the Health Department's Environmental Health Specialist.
For more information on lead visit:
LEAD CLEANUP INSTRUCTIONS
"LEAD FREE KIDS FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE" TOOLKIT