- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A new report says 4 percent of Wisconsin’s public water systems exceeded contaminant limits last year.

The Department of Natural Resources released its annual report on drinking water on Friday. It found that 11,036 of 11,470 systems, or about 96 percent, served water to customers without exceeding any contaminant limits.

The remaining 439 systems exceeded the limits for at least one contaminant. The most common contaminant by far was coliform bacteria. The smallest systems, including motels, restaurants, parks, taverns, churches and campgrounds, accounted for about 73 percent of the violations.

The DNR last year issued 2,432 written notices of noncompliance and 15 written orders laying out actions and timelines for achieving compliance. That compares with 2,690 written notices and 21 written orders in 2014.

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