State Assembly Republicans propose more grants and loans to help rural residents with contaminated water wells and broken septic systems. Sturgeon Bay Republican Joel Kitchens is the lead author of a bill which seeks to provide more help in providing clean drinking water. Kitchens represents parts of Kewaunee County where 30-percent of wells were found to have “E” Coli and other bacteria at some point in the past decade. The Wisconsin State Journal says the bill is heading to the Assembly’s environmental committee — and among other things, it would raise a limit on state grants from nine-thousand dollars to 12-thousand for fixing a landowner’s wells and drinking water. Also, local governments could offer loans with little or no interest to fix those water problems, and recover costs through special assessments.