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Water Contamination Concerns Multiply in Town of Jackson


There seems to be no end to the Town of Jackson's water woes.

A month ago,  Jackson leaders hoped they were closing in on a decision, when they called a meeting to allow residents to weigh in on a permanent solution to the town's benzene-tainted wells. 

Today,  the DNR expanded the borders  of the drinking water advisory that has hung over a portion of the town since last July.  That's when a gasoline pipeline ruptured in a Jackson farm field. 

While affected homeowners turn to bottled water or other safe sources for drinking and cooking, the DNR reports West Shore Pipeline Company continues to test private wells inside and outside the advisory zone for potential contamination "on a regular basis".

West Shore owns the pipeline that conveys gasoline between Chicago and Green Bay.

The expanded Drinking Water Health Advisory now includes:

- homes in the Crosswind Farms subdivision

- homes along Western Avenue between the entrance to Crosswind Trail subdivision and Maple Road, Crosswind Trail, Crosswind Circle and Golden Harvest Lane.

Still included in the advisory are homes on:

- Mill Road between Maple and Division Road/County Highway G

- Western Avenue between Maple Road and Division Road/County Highway G

- Division Road between Western Avenue and Mill Road

- Maple Road between Western Avenue and Sherman Road

- Sherman Road from Maple Road to one-half mile east of Maple Road

- Wildflower Lane

- Mockingbird Drive

- Hummingbird Drive

Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.