PFAS prevents well fix, leaves home dry

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A family living next to the Wolverine Worldwide dump blamed for contaminating Belmont wells with the likely carcinogen PFAS is now without water.

Their home on House Street NE hasn't had running water for 19 days after their well failed. The contamination concerns are preventing a new one from being drilled.

It's the first of what is expected to be many wells to fail, and there is no permanent alternative lined up.

"You haven't been humbled until you take your towel and a clean set of clothes and knock on someone's door for a shower," homeowner Terry Hula said. "It's just… It's really hard."

Hula, a retired teacher, has been breaking down and crying a lot lately. Without running water, her new normal is hauling buckets to the bathrooms and kitchen.

"There is no water for flushing toilets or showering or washing," she explained.

She boils water for a warm shower at night. There are camping containers of water at every sink.

"This is also our hair washing station," she showed Target 8, pointing to the kitchen sink.

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