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Still a year out before residents near Jackson get new water supply after major gas spill


JACKSON, WI (WTAQ) - It’s been almost a year since 55,000 gallons of gasoline burst from a pipeline near Jackson in Washington County.

Now, local residents are being told that it will be next spring before a new permanent water supply is put into place.

Water from the village of Jackson is being extended to the nearby town of Jackson, to serve about 100 homes which have been using their own private wells.

Almost 40 wells were contaminated with benzene from the spilled fuel.

The pipeline’s owner, West Shore, paid to install carbon filters to remove contaminants from the well water until the village lines can be put in.

The state DNR says it will order West Shore to also pay for the permanent water line extensions and installations.

Residents will be billed directly by the village for the water they use. In exchange for the village water, town officials expect to negotiate a deal that prevents the village of Jackson from annexing property in the extended service area.