Are you a Michigander?
Are you worried about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in your water?
You’ve likely heard of PFAS and were told to avoid the foam that accumulates around the shore and in the dams of rivers, but how serious is Michigan’s problem with PFAS?
The Detroit Free Press calls PFAS contamination “Michigan’s biggest environmental crisis in 40 years.” PFAS are a class of chemicals used in the manufacturing of some fabrics, cleaning products, cookware, and more. PFAS are so widespread in the environment that they can be found in the water, air, and even the blood of humans and animals. Here’s a history of PFAS contamination and news in Michigan:
2009 – Wolverine Worldwide dumped PFAS contaminated wastewater into the Rogue River.
2016 – PFAS was found in Ann Arbor drinking water.
2017 – Michigan created the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team.
2018 – It was discovered that a Wixom-based manufacturing plant had been discharging PFAS contaminated water, which eventually entered the Huron River. A “do not eat” fish advisory was implemented.
Since 2018, PFAS contamination has decreased in Michigan, but the PFAS that were introduced are likely still around considering PFAS are known as forever chemicals – it takes a very long time for them to be removed from the ecosystem.
There are currently 245 sites in Michigan where PFAS have been detected. “According to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) more than 1.5 million residents have been drinking water contaminated with PFAS and there could be as many as 11,300 potential sites where PFAS may have been used.” This is why the EPA gave Michigan $37 million in February 2023 to address PFAS in drinking water.
How can you ensure your home’s water is safe?
A water filter can help!
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