Low levels of PFAS found in water at Leelanau County school

    LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- A low level of PFAS was found in one Leelanau County school's drinking water, but the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says the amount is safe.

    As part of a statewide initiative, Leland Public School's water supply was tested in September, and an amount of 71 parts per trillion was discovered in the water.

    That level is just above the EPA’s lifetime health advisory of 70 parts per trillion.

    PFAS are a contaminant from household products such as stain repellents and nonstick cookware.

    Even though the levels are considered safe, the principal says they will continue testing the water quarterly.

    “We want to make sure that we are transparent with them with everything we are doing to keep our children safe,” said Leland Public School Principal, Jeanne Gross. “So we will be following the recommendations, we will be partnering closely with the whole department to monitor the situation going forward.”

    The DEQ will now be looking into what the source of the contaminants is and where it is coming from.

    Any parents with questions can call the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department.

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