MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The city of Muskegon 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 by a contractor for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality found 2 parts per trillion in the water, according to a city of Muskegon news release.
The results are below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s lifetime health advisory of 70 parts per trillion for PFOA and PFOS combined.
The drinking water was tested as part of the Michigan DEQ’s initiative to test community water supplies and schools that use well water. The state is testing for PFAS, a likely carcinogen.
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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.