Homeowner blindsided by record PFAS test result

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Tests this week that found the highest level of PFAS yet associated with the toxic tap water crisis in northern Kent County call into question whether the scope of the problem is understood at all.

At a private well for a home in the 3000 block of 11 Mile Road, just east of US-131, tests came back showing PFAS levels more than 800 times what the state considers safe for drinking water.

“It was pretty shocking. We just had a new baby at the beginning of December. We’re scared to give the baby a bath, our daily activities, daily routine, get shower, brush our teeth, it’s scary stuff,” said Jeffrey Klekotka.

Klekotka and his girlfriend bought their house in June and moved here with their infant child, looking to start their lives in the highly desired Rockford area. On Tuesday, the state said tests found more than 58,930 parts per trillion of PFAS, a likely carcinogen also linked to other illnesses, in his well. That’s the highest number recorded so far.

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