Center for Watershed Science and Education

Community Well Water Education Program

Well water education programs are organized for Wisconsin communities to learn about local groundwater quality and water safety of individual homeowner wells. Programs offer participants a convenient opportunity to test water from their private wells for some of the most common health-related contaminants and other water quality concerns.
"By testing as a community, the results become an important tool to understand the quality of the local groundwater resource." 
Water test results are handed back at an educational program presented by UW-Extension water quality specialists. By the end of the program participants will have:
  • Gained a better understanding of the safety of their water supply
  • Have increased knowledge of local geology and groundwater movement
  • Understand the processes and practices that may cause groundwater contamination
  • Increased understanding of local groundwater quality
  • Learn about practices that can improve or protect groundwater quality  

Organizing a Well Water Education Program

Programs are generally organized in partnership with county UW-Extension faculty and local governments at a town level; however, other arrangements can be made. The following document is a guide on organizing a community drinking water program:

If you are interested in organizing a program in your community please plan ahead. Depending on availability programs generally need to be arranged at least 6 months in advance. To find out more information about this program contact Kevin Masarik at (715)346-4276 or email him at


Examples of Community Well Water Education Programs and Maps

​Lake Superior Watershed
​Ashland - Iron - Bad River View 4MB pdf​
Sauk County​
Towns of Franklin, Honey Creek, Prairie du Sac and Troy​ View 4MB pdf
​Towns of Merrimac and Sumpter View 8MB pdf
Fond du Lac County​
Towns of Mitchell and Osceola View 4MB pdf​
​Door County
​Village of Egg Harbor, T. of Egg Harbor and T. of Baileys Harbor View 4MB pdf​
Village of Egg Harbor, T. of Egg Harbor and Baileys Harbor - ​Maps View 3MB pdf
Town of Gibraltar - Maps​ View 3MB pdf
Town of Liberty Grove - ​Maps View 3MB pdf