Parchment Township Well Tests Show PFAS Levels Far Above Federal Guidelines

Investigators say a groundwater well in Kalamazoo County’s Parchment Township has tested positive for PFAS with levels well beyond federal guidelines.

PFAS are substances used in manufacturing and firefighting, and can also be found in thousands of household and consumer products.

Last week high levels of PFAS were found in the water in Parchment and Cooper townships.

About 3,000 people were told not to drink or cook with the water until the source of the contamination could be identified and flushed out.

In the meantime, the governor’s office has issued a state of emergency for Kalamazoo County.