Football players help hand out water in Parchment

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PARCHMENT, Mich. (WOOD) — Parchment football players traded in lifting dumbbells in the weight room with cases of water in the high school parking lot Friday.

“We had football camp this week and we knew this happened yesterday,” Parchment High School Varsity Football Coach Wayne Hinton told 24 Hour News 8. “We practice servant leadership and this is a good example of that.”

The team, among dozens of other volunteers, helped hand out more than 10,000 cases of water by mid-afternoon Friday. They carried the cases off semi trucks, stacked them for the assembly line and carried them to residents’ cars. 

“They did it without me telling them,” Hinton added. “You can see the young men right here care about their community.”

Kalamazoo Township Police Chief Bryan Ergang said they have a 10-day supply of bottled water for the more than 3,000 residents affected by the PFAS contamination. 

State officials discovered the likely carcinogen Thursday afternoon. Test results from the three wells on the municipal system came back 20 times above the EPA’s safe threshold.

Parchment residents are allowed to pick up two cases of bottled water at the high school until 8 p.m. Friday. Those who need it delivered can call 269.373.5346.

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