Village tests water within state, EPA guidelines
BALDWIN — With state-wide testing of community water supplies by Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for a group of man-made chemicals per-and polyfluoroarkyl substances (PFAS), the village of Baldwin sent out a letter to all of its water customers announcing test results.
Of the level of PFOA and PFOS tested, 10 parts per trillion were found in one of the village’s four water production wells, a level below the Environmental Protection Agency’s EPA’s lifetime health advisory level, which is 70 parts per trillion. The other three wells tested below the detection limit, or non-detected.
“The Village of Baldwin is committed to providing our customers with quality drinking water,” said Village President Jim Truxton.
“While the amount detected is at the very minimum level, the village treats all such issues with the utmost seriousness and will always err on the side of caution.”
As a precautionary measure, the detected well was taken offline upon receiving these results. A follow-up resampling of this well will be scheduled and performed by Dec. 1.
“We have three more wells available and online so there is no danger of running out of water,” Truxton added.
For health-related questions, contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) at (800) 648-6942 or visit michigan.gov/pfasresponse, atsdr.cdc.gove/pfas or epa.gov/pfas.