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Evers wants more money for wells, drinking-water study

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.

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