03.13.17

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Helps Bring Safe Drinking Water to Kewaunee and Door Counties

USDA provides low-interest loans to homeowners for well replacement, well rehabilitation, or the installation of water filtration systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin applauded an announcement today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) will be working together to provide homeowners in Kewaunee and Door counties with safe drinking water options.

"I am glad that there is a new option available for homeowners to protect their families and address water quality issues,” said Senator Baldwin. “This program is a step in the right direction and I commend USDA and RCAP for their attention to the challenges facing Kewaunee and Door residents. I will continue to work with the community to address this water quality issue."

In March 2016, Senator Baldwin pressed the USDA and the EPA and requested their immediate attention to groundwater contamination and the need for safe drinking water in Kewaunee and Door counties. In August 2016, she also brought federal and local officials together in Kewaunee County to work on a solution to water quality problems.

As a result of Senator Baldwin’s work, the USDA and Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program will be providing low-interest loans to homeowners for well replacement, well rehabilitation, or the installation of water filtration systems. 

"We would like to thank Senator Baldwin for her tireless efforts to bring safe drinking water to the people of Kewaunee and Door Counties. Calls and inquiries from her office first brought the issues to our attention and were the impetus for our work with USDA to develop this program in Wisconsin.  The RCAP program looks forward to our continued work together on these vital issues," said Deb Martin, Regional Director, Great Lakes Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP).

More information on how to apply for the low-interest loans can be found on RCAP’s website.