Bottled water was handed out Friday in the city of Parchment and Cooper Township in Kalamazoo County following contamination of the water supply by the chemical PFAS. Parchment Mayor Robert Britigan spoke with Michigan News Network about the situation.
“I’m just amazed at how this community comes together,” Britigan said. “It takes a village, and we are that village. We want our residents and citizens to know we are going to get to the bottom of this. Right now, we are on top of it. We will be distributing bottled water as long as it’s necessary until the water gets back to a safe condition.”
Officials are connecting the water system to the nearby Kalamazoo water supply to flush out the pipeline. Until a long-term plan is finalized, customers are urged to not consume the water. Congressman Fred Upton and state Representative Beth Griffin were among those on site Friday making the distributions.