Marking one year since the inception of the effort, the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) has announced the latest results in its statewide effort to reduce per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in public water supplies. The state’s $23 million MPART initiative has reduced or eliminated previously unknown PFAS contamination in several public water systems, schools, and wastewater systems throughout the state.
In the past 12 months, MPART has completed various investigations for further research. During these investigations, the state has overseen the collection of more than 7,000 water samples and distribution of filters and alternative water to more than 1,700 homes.
“State employees have worked tirelessly with local officials to identify and reduce people’s exposure to PFAS in drinking water statewide,” said Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. “Several states have sought guidance from MPART and modeled their PFAS activities after what we have done here.”
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) expects to complete testing of 1,111 public water systems and 460 schools on private wells – covering 75 percent of the state’s population – by the end of the year.
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