BELMONT, MI — Plainfield Township is taking steps to remove all fluorochemicals from its municipal water supply even though officials say it’s already safe to drink.
The Township Board voted unanimously Monday night, Dec. 11, to approve $400,000 in emergency funds to upgrade the water treatment plant to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances named PFAS (or PFCs) found at low levels in township water.
The board discussed the expenditure in a 25-minute closed session.
Doug Van Essen, attorney for the township, told the meeting crowd that Plainfield Township’s water treatment plant could have a carbon filtration system installed in “the next couple of months.”
Plainfield is talking to companies which have installed filtration systems in communities around the country struggling with PFAS in their water, he said. The upgrade would need state approval, but could be done for a “relatively modest amount.”