Agency looking for chemicals gets samples in Michigan river

Posted: 8:51 AM, Aug 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-10 12:59:45Z

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials are looking for chemicals in the Kalamazoo River near a city where residents are being  given bottled water  after contamination was found in their drinking water supply.

The  Kalamazoo Gazette reports  officials collected 36 water samples earlier this week upstream and downstream from the city of Parchment.

Sampling from the city's drinking water system found man-made chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances that were at levels 26 times  greater  than a lifetime federal health advisory

The substances are among chemicals referred to broadly as PFAS. They're used in manufacturing, firefighting and household and consumer products.

The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department says test results from the samples are expected next week.