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Plainfield Township adds PFAS filter to water treatment plant

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Bryce Huffman
Michigan Radio
Water filtration system at the Plainfield Township water treatment plant

Plainfield Township installed a PFAS filter at its water treatment plant this week.

The new filtration system will remove a family of chemicals known as PFAS, which have been found at low levels in township water.

There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to health problems in humans.

Don Petrovich, the superintendent of the water treatment plant, says back in 2013, testing found the family of chemicals in Plainfield Township water, but at concentrations below the EPA advisory level.

“My goal is to have no contamination in the water. I don’t know if that’s possible anywhere in the world, but we’re doing our best,” Petrovich said.

A $750,000 state grant paid for the new filtration system so residents wouldn’t have to.

Water samples were collected and are already on their way to a testing facility. Results should be back within a week.

Petrovich says there’s one thing residents need to know about their water right now.

“Our water meets or exceeds every state and federal regulation for safe drinking water,” he said.

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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