Newsletter: PFAS: Is your Drinking Water Safe?

After all the news in the last few years in Michigan, are you wondering if you have PFAS in the water you are drinking at home or in the community you are visiting? PFAS is Michigan’s latest emerging contaminant and some community leaders are taking a proactive approach in finding out if it is in their water.

Officials for the City of Allegan’s municipal water system, which pumps about one million gallons of water per day to about 1,900 homes and businesses, chose to test the waters in three different wells before concerned users even asked.

“They all came back non-detects for the compounds that they were tested for,” said Doug Sweeris, Allegan’s water utilities director. “It was great news for everyone here. It eliminated any concerns about PFAS.”

EMERGING CONTAMINANTS IN WATER RESOURCES
Municipal and residential water users have taken a renewed interest in their water quality in the aftermath of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) being found in 28 locations in 15 different Michigan communities.

PFAS is a category of man-made chemicals that are found in everyday industrial and household items including food packaging, nonstick products, and stain repellent fabrics. Primary potential sources of PFAS releases are typically associated with the manufacturing sector (chrome plating wastes) and fire training areas in which aqueous film forming foams (AFFF) were used, with other sources including wastewater treatment plants, airports, and landfills. Products containing PFAS may not be clearly identified on their packaging.

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