Some residents have expressed concerns about perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) after tests of water pumping stations serving the Kalamazoo municipal drinking water system found elevated levels of PFAS in July, posing a public health risk. While the area of concern is in Parchment and Cooper Townships, residents throughout Kalamazoo have shown concern about the safety of their drinking water.
The City of Kalamazoo regularly tests the water they provide for contaminates such as PFAS. The Health Department is referring residents who are not in an area of concern to contact an environmental consultant that is certified in PFAS testing if they are concerned about their water supply.
Here are two links with helpful information about PFAS:
- MLive: How to protect yourself from PFAS contamination
MLive recently published this article to answer common questions, help consumers evaluate their risk, and take action to protect themselves from PFAS, both in the water water supply and from other household and environmental sources.
- Michigan.gov PFAS Response: Taking Action, Protecting Michigan
Launched in 2017, the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) is the first multi-agency action team of its kind in the nation. Agencies representing health, environment and other branches of state government have joined together to investigate sources and locations of PFAS contamination in the state, take action to protect people’s drinking water, and keep the public informed we learn more about this nationally emerging contaminant.