Non-detect levels of PFAS in Battle Creek water

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The city of Battle Creek says recent  tests did not find high levels of PFAS in its system and that the water  is safe to drink.

The PFOA or PFOS level results for water tested  from the Verona Pumping Station on July 25 were non-detect or not found  at all in the city’s drinking water, according to a city of Battle Creek  news release.

The  drinking water was tested as part of the Michigan Department of  Environmental Quality’s initiative to test community water supplies and  schools that use well water. The state is testing for PFAS, a likely  carcinogen.

High levels of PFAS were recently detected in the city water system in Parchment,  which is located north of Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo County. There, water  samples came back at 1,300 ppt and 1,400 ppt. Thousands of residents  were told not to drink the water, but the advisory has since been lifted.

PFAS has also been found in private wells in the Rockford area and near the Battle Creek Air National Guard base.  In those locations, the contamination has been blamed on waste dumped  decades ago by shoemaker Wolverine Worldwide and firefighting foam,  respectively.

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>>PDF: Test results

Michigan PFAS Action Response Team

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