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“TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (WKBT) — Gardeners in Campbell might be able to water their flowers, lawns and other plants without fear, but they might want to hold off on watering edible plants because of PFAs well contamination, according to a Wisconsin Department of Health Services advisory.

Lee Donahue mentioned that advice from the DHS during the Campbell Town Board’s regular Zoom meeting Tuesday evening, as the board was discussing the status of the PFAs contamination affecting more than 550 private wells in the town.

Donahue, the town supervisor whose purview includes health, education and welfare, said the DHS sent an advisory out Monday that  residents of the Town of Peshtigo and City of Marinette whose wells have tested above certain levels of PFAs should not use that water on edible plants.

Donahue said in a phone interview that she asked whether the same advice should apply to Campbell, even though it wasn’t mentioned. Told that the advisory was specific to those municipalities, she said in the interview, ‘I think the same advice should apply, wither it’s Marinette, Peshtigo or Rhinelander.’

The DHS advisory says, in part that, ‘based on recommendations for health-based groundwater standards … DHS advises that sources of water with PFAS levels at or above DHS recommended groundwater standards should not be used for watering fruit and vegetable gardens…’”