State approves $750K to clean Plainfield Twp. water

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP (WOOD) — The state will pay up to $750,000 for a system to filter PFAS, a likely carcinogen, from Plainfield Township’s municipal water system.

Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden said he believes the project to add a carbon-activated filter to an existing treatment plant is the first of its kind in the state.

“It’s a pilot project that we hope can be used statewide,” he said.

The township’s public water system serves 40,000 people in northern Kent County and for several years has had traces of PFAS.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality grant was requested by state Reps. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, and Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, and state Sen. Peter McGregor, R-Rockford.

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