New PFAS chemical detected in Ann Arbor water supply

Monthly tests show that there is a unique PFAS chemical in the city’s water. Heather Irvine from WEMU has more.

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A new PFAS chemical appears in Ann Arbor’s drinking water. The city of Ann Arbor tests its drinking water and its river source monthly, and Brian Steglitz, manager of water treatment services, says the latest data shows something new.

“There’s a new chemical that doesn’t seem to be detectable. It’s called 6: 2 FTS, and it’s a PFAS.

Ann Arbor is approaching those who flow into the Huron River about changes in the watershed, but has received no feedback.

Steglitz sees this as an opportunity to work with regulators and other treatment facilities to jointly research chemical changes. The city’s treatment process in removing regulated PFAS is historically superior.

“You know we are following this regularly, and at this point in time the quality of the water we offer all of our customers far exceeds current legal and health values ​​for these chemicals and is safe to drink.”

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– Heather Irvine is a writer / reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact them at 734.487.3363 or send an email to [email protected]

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