Bar outside tainted water buffer zone adds filter

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — As the Belmont area deals with contamination in residential wells, one local restaurant and bar is taking the safety of its water into its own hands.

The Vestal Inn is the first business 24 Hour News 8 has heard of to add its own water filtration system. The owners say they wanted to give peace of mind to their customers, who they say are like family.

“It’s like ‘Cheers’ — the same people sit in the same stools every day and tell you the same stories,” co-owner Barbara Fuhs said.

“Everybody in here, I can name them all. You know, it’s just something special,” co-owner John Fuhs added.

The inn uses water from the Plainfield Township system, which has not been found to contain levels of the chemical PFAS or PFOS, a likely carcinogen, higher than the federal advisory limit. So far, all of the homes with high PFAS levels draw their water from wells believed to be contaminated by waste from shoemaker Wolverine Worldwide. Additionally, the Vestal Inn — which sits along West River Drive near Ethelwin Avenue — is well outside the “buffer zones” that outline the areas where dangerous contamination has been found.

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