The Latest: 3,000 cases of water given away after PFAS found

PARCHMENT, Mich. — The Latest on industrial chemicals found in the water supply of two southwestern Michigan communities (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

More than 3,000 cases of bottled water have been handed out in a small southwestern Michigan city after contaminants were found in its municipal water supply.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller told reporters that crews began passing out water at 6:30 a.m. Friday in Parchment, hours after residents were warned not to drink or cook with water from the faucet.

The water system serves about 3,000 people. Fuller says there is enough bottled water "right now" for anyone who needs it.

State and Kalamazoo County health officials said Thursday that tests found perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in the water supplied to Parchment and neighboring Cooper Township, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) west of Detroit.

Some studies suggest PFAS might affect fetal development, disrupt hormonal functions, damage fertility and immune systems, and boost the risk of cancer.


7:30 a.m.

The residents of two southwestern Michigan communities have been told to stop using their water for drinking or cooking after the discovery of high amounts of industrial chemicals.

Michigan and Kalamazoo County health officials announced Thursday that the water supply of the city of Parchment and Cooper Township is contaminated with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. The chemicals have been used in manufacturing, firefighting and thousands of household and consumer products.

The contamination's source is under investigation.

Authorities say boiling water or using common residential filters won't remove PFAS. People can bathe and wash clothes, however.

Gov. Rick Snyder late Thursday directed state officials to assist residents. Bottled water will be provided to the residents on Friday. Officials say there are about 3,000 people on the water system.

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