Day care owners want state to test for PFAS

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The owners of two Ottawa County day care centers that rely on well water are questioning why the state isn't routinely testing such facilities for PFAS after the likely carcinogen was found at nearby Robinson Elementary.

"I worked hard to make this," Breeze Hager said of her day care, which is less than a mile from the school on 120th Avenue in Robinson Township. "I worked hard to build this business and take care of these kids. They matter to me. I love them all. I wouldn't want anything horrible to happen."

Hager no longer lets the kids she cares for drink her well water.

"I want to know that what I'm feeding children is safe, that they're not going to grow up and have cancer," Hager said.

The state is testing every public water system and every school for PFAS, a likely carcinogen. At Robinson Elementary, the response was swift Monday after tests revealed 144 parts per trillion of PFAS in the well, about double the level considered safe for drinking. The school immediately turned off the water and bought bottled water. By the end of the day, the state had delivered 33,000 bottles of water.

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