SPARTA, Mich. (WOOD) — The northwest Kent County village of Sparta has stopped using one of the wells that feeds its municipal water system after tests found it contained a small amount of the chemical at the center of a toxic tap water crisis in nearby townships.
A Friday release from the village said Well #2 had about 3.3 parts per trillion PFBS, a member of the PFAS family of chemicals. That’s well below the federal advisory limit and recently-set state standard of 70 ppt.
Well #2 was taken offline until the village learns more about the results mean for water quality. The village says it reached out to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and is waiting on advice on what to do moving forward.
The system is still pulling water from three other wells — #3, #4 and #5 — which were not found to have any chemicals.
Sparta says it’s keeping an eye on the water system. It says it will post the water testing information on its website and will provide online updates as it learns more from the DEQ.
“The Village’s goal is to provide the highest quality drinking water, be as transparent as possible about this process, and provide information as it becomes available to citizens,” the Friday release read in part.
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