Nitrate nightmare: La Crosse County advisory brings flood of well tests, worry

 Laboratory technologist Alana Clements processes water sampoles at the Lacrosse County Health and Human Servioces building.

Laboratory technologist Alana Clements processes water sampoles at the Lacrosse County Health and Human Servioces building.

The letter from the La Crosse County Health Department came as a shock to Bryana Alameida. She and her husband, Josh, moved last fall into the new home they built in the August Prairie subdivision in the town of Holland with their two young children. Here they were, only half a year in their new home, and the county was warning their water might not be safe to drink.

“We used to live in the city of Holmen and water was never really a concern to us,” said Alameida, who runs her own photography business. “I’m just wondering why we didn’t know anything about this before.”