The town of Hull is looking to protect water quantity and quality for town residents.
The Hull Town Board adopted the “Report on Groundwater Quantity and Quality” by the town’s Water Study Task Force on Oct. 18, and now is beginning to make residents aware of the situation as the study’s findings are being analyzed.
The issue of safe and uncontaminated drinking water has become and major public health goal throughout the nation, but Town Chair John Holdridge admits that protecting the quality and quantity in the town is dependent on the action of individuals rather than government.
The town decided to conduct the study on the quantity issue and then expanded into the quality issue as the city of Stevens Point constructed Well No. 11 east of the Stevens Point Municipal Airport off Highway 66 in the area of town of Hull residences.
Holdridge said Tuesday, April 23, the well isn’t supposed to impact wells in the town, but the town wanted to have information before the well began pumping and some residents are now reporting less water flowing from their wells, prompting them to install deeper wells. “That’s a concern,” he said.
A key part of the study was municipal water systems are highly regulated, Holdridge said, but private wells aren’t, and Hull has about 2,000 private wells.