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Kalamazoo providing water to Parchment

August 7, 2018
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An agreement has been finalized so Parchment residents dealing with chemical contamination in their water will get clean water.

The Kalamazoo City Commission and the Parchment City Commission approved an agreement yesterday for Kalamazoo to provide a year's worth of water to Parchment's water system, which also serves parts of Cooper Township.

The update comes after Parchment's water supply was found to be tainted with man-made chemicals called per-fluoroalkyl and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.

Those substances, among chemicals broadly referred to as PFAS, are used in manufacturing, firefighting and household and consumer products.

About 3,000 people on Parchment's water system were told on July 26 to stop using the water due to the contamination. A state of emergency was declared.

The contamination's source or how long it might have existed isn't known.

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