MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers says his budget will seek more money for replacing polluted wells.
Evers announced on Wednesday that his budget would allocate $2 million for a grant program to pay for replacements, repairs or treatment for polluted private wells that serve homes or livestock. That’s an increase of $1.6 million.
He says his budget will offer a new cost-share option that calls for the Department of Natural Resources to cover up to $16,000 in repairs for families making below the median income.
The governor says his budget also will direct the DNR to spend $75,000 to evaluate drinking-water contamination in Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties. The counties are already paying for part of the study.
Evers announced earlier this week that he’ll seek nearly $70 million worth of additional borrowing to combat water pollution and replace lead pipes.