Wisconsin DNR recommends testing of well water

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is recommending homeowners with wells in southeast Wisconsin get their water tested. That's because recent tests showed elevated levels of molybdenum in some wells.

Molybdenum is a naturally occurring metal which cannot be seen. But it can, in very high levels, be harmful to your liver and digestive system.

DNR officials say the molybdenum contamination has turned up in parts of Waukesha, Racine and Milwaukee Counties.

Don Meredith is the owner of Meredith's Culligan in Union Grove. His company and one in Waukesha are working with Wisconsin officials to make sure their water treatment protocols meet the state's certification criteria for eliminating molybdenum from water.

"We should be done with that by the end of the first quarter of this year. Hopefully, right around April 1st," said Meredith.

The superintendent of Raymond School District in Racine County says the school community has rallied with parents and others researching molybdenum.

"I think we're taking the right precautions, and you know, if we're gonna make an error, it's gonna be on the side of caution and safety," said Joe Dawidziak.