Transient Non-Community Well Program
The Rock County Public Health Department contracts with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to conduct water sampling, testing, and water system inspections at public wells categorized as “Transient Non-Community” (TNC) wells. These TNC wells are at locations throughout the county that have their own well and serve water to at least 25 people a day, for at least 6-months out of the year. The wells are often located in parks, convenience stores, churches, taverns and other businesses that are not on a municipal water system.
Well water system inspections and well water testing are conducted to ensure that the facilities are providing a safe water supply to the public. Approximately 150 wells are tested annually for bacteria and nitrates.
- Bacteria can cause flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea.
- High nitrate levels can cause “blue baby syndrome,” an oxygen deficiency in the baby’s blood. Children under 6 months of age or any female who is or may become pregnant should use an alternative drinking water source.