Plainfield Township Municipal Water is Free of PFOS and PFOA

Plainfield Township, Michigan, October 25, 2018 – The latest test results of the municipal water system in Plainfield Charter Township show the drinking water is non-detect for PFOS and PFOA.

Township officials credit installation of granular activated carbon filters for removing all traces of PFOS and PFOA from the municipal water system. The tests are part of a pilot study funded by a $750,000 grant through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Work began in April to modify the Township’s water treatment plant in advance of installing five new GAC filters, which are designed to remove PFAS and other chemical contaminants from drinking water. Extensive testing has been done throughout the pilot, including the most recent round of tests that showed the treated water as non-detect for PFOS and PFOA.

“We are gratified by this most recent round of test results, which demonstrate the effectiveness of the new GAC filters in removing PFOS and PFOA from our municipal water,” said Cameron Van Wyngarden, superintendent of Plainfield Township. “We are proud of the quality of our water treatment plant, and this confirms our public water is among the cleanest in the state.

“We want to thank our legislators, Sen. Peter MacGregor, Rep. Chris Afendoulis and Rep. Rob VerHeulen, for their work in securing this grant for us. I also want to give special thanks and recognition to Rick Solle, Don Petrovich and the entire team in our water treatment plant for successfully implementing the new filtration system while maintaining our high standards in all other aspects of water quality.”

With the successful installations, the Township now has the capacity to remove PFAS from 9 million gallons of water per day. Throughout the process, water in each phase is carefully tested to prove the effectiveness of the filters in removing contaminants, pathogens and bacteria.

“We are now in a position to offer PFOS and PFOA-free water to those in our community whose water has been contaminated by Wolverine World Wide’s disposal practices and are presently being served by temporary filtering processes,” Van Wyngarden said. “We hope our lawyers and the lawyers from the MDEQ will reach a consent judgment quickly so that we can begin extending our water system to these affected areas in 2019.”

Extensive testing will continue throughout the pilot, which will conclude in late 2019. Rick Solle, director of public services, noted that PFAS levels should continue to remain low but may fluctuate above non-detect in the future.

“We are incredibly pleased to have made such steady progress in removing PFOS and PFOA from our municipal system,” Solle said. “With five filters now online and fully operational, multiple rounds of testing have shown PFOS and PFOA levels in the water going through these filters was reduced to non-detect.

“We will continue to monitor and test so that we can continue to provide clean, safe drinking water that meets or exceeds all state and federal guidelines.”