Michigan’s new water crisis is coming from a chemical used in manufacturing, fire suppression foam and other uses. PFAS has turned up in wells north of Grand Rapids, near Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek, and has now rendered the city of Parchment’s water system unusable in Kalamazoo County. State Representative Peter Lucido of Macomb County wants an immediate ban on the substance enacted. He spoke with Michigan News Network about it.
“The Flint water crisis was contained in a localized area,” Lucido said. “This PFAS, this is all over the place.”
About 31,100 Parchment and Cooper Township residents are now relying on bottled water as their system is being flushed and cleaned out. The source has not been found, but Parchment was home to several paper mills over the years, and other manufacturing businesses like the old Checker Cab company and Gibson Guitars weren’t far away.