Parchment and Cooper Township water supply: Update and Available Resources

Parchment Water Distribution Center Changes Location, Dates, and Times

The Water Distribution Center for the Parchment Water Response is changing location, dates, and times starting this Saturday, August 18. The Water Distribution Center will continue their normal operating hours today, August 16, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Parchment High School. The center will close on Friday, August 17, and residents will not be able to pick up water. The center will reopen Saturday, August 18 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Haven Reformed Church (5350 N. Sprinkle Rd. Kalamazoo, MI 49004). New dates and hours moving forward will be Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Haven Reformed Church.

Residents will be able to pick up additional cases of water due to the reduction of dates opened starting Saturday, August 18. Residents will still be asked to verify their address when they pick-up their water supply at the new location. On-site recycling at Haven Reformed Church will be available for residents to return used water bottles.

The Water Distribution is relocating due to necessary preparations for the start of the upcoming school year at the high school.

Thursday, August 16
Parchment High School
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, August 17
Closed

Saturday, August 18
Haven Reformed Church (5350 N. Sprinkle Rd. Kalamazoo, MI 49004)
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

New Dates & Times Moving Forward
Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Haven Reformed Church (5350 N. Sprinkle Rd. Kalamazoo, MI 49004)
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Parchment Water Hotline (269-373-5346)

The Parchment Water Hotline is still operational for residents to call with questions or concerns. Staff from the Health & Community Services Department are on the phones from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Calls are mostly for bottled water delivery services, flushing guidance, and request for the DEQ to test private water wells.

 

Resources and Next Steps:

Residents can visit the Kalamazoo County Government Health and Community Services Department website or Facebook page for additional information and latest updates.

Kalamazoo County Government Health and Community Services Department:

Website: http://www.kalcounty.com/hcs/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooCountyHCS/

 

Town Hall Details

Residents may access the presentations and a full recording of the Town Hall held on July 31 here: https://www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/0,9038,7-365-86511_82704_87495—,00.html

 

Background on what happened:

On Thursday, July 26, The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department in unison with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the city of Parchment and Cooper Township advised any resident on the city of Parchment’s water supply system to immediately stop using their water for drinking, cooking, making baby formula and food, or rinsing fruits and vegetables. High amounts of the chemical PFAS have been found in the water supply of the city of Parchment.

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), are part of a group of chemicals used globally during the past century in manufacturing, firefighting and thousands of common households and other consumer products.

Boiling water will not remove PFAS. Common residential filters does not treat PFAS. Swallowing PFAS is the primary way it can to into your body. Touching the water is not considered a health concern as PFAS does not move easily through skin. You can bathe, do your dishes, wash your cleans and clean with water that has PFAS in it. It is advised that farm animals and pets do not drink the water.

As of Thursday, July 26, a short-term solution was active for the immediate 24-48 hours:

  1. The city of Parchment’s water supply system is being drained.
  2. Once it is drained, the city of Kalamazoo will connect residents on the city of Parchment’s water supply to the city of Kalamazoo’s water supply system. Residents will be notified once this occurs.
  3. The city of Kalamazoo will being flushing the city of Parchment’s water supply system.
  4. The city of Kalamazoo will continue flushing out the city of Parchment’s water supply system until test results come back that show the PFAS levels are below the health advisor level. Timing on receiving test results back is still unknown, but residents will not be connected back to the city of Parchment’s water supply until it is approved.

For more information on PFAS, visit the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) website at: www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I get clean water for my family?

The water distribution times for this week, Monday-Friday, will be 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m at Parchment High School (1916 E G Ave., Parchment). Hours include water delivery services. Residents are asked to verify their address when they pick-up their water supply.

On-site recycling at Parchment High School is available for residents to return used water bottles.

What if I can’t get to the high school? Or if I know someone who can’t get there to pick up water?

Residents who cannot get to the high school can have water delivered. Please call the Parchment Water Hotline at 269-373-5346 with your name, phone number, address and number of people in your household and a volunteer will deliver water directly to your home.

Can I use my water if I boil it first?

No. Boiling water will not remove PFAS, and common filters do not treat water for PFAS. Residents on the city of Parchment’s water supply system need to immediately stop using their water for drinking, cooking, making baby formula or food, or rinsing fruits and vegetables.

What if I run out of water?

Residents with any questions or needing additional resources can call the Parchment Water Hotline at 269-373-5346.

How will I know when my water is safe to consume again?

City, state and local officials are in the process of connecting residents to the city of Kalamazoo’s water supply. Residents will be notified once this occurs. The city of Kalamazoo will begin flushing the city of Parchment’s water supply and will continue to do so until test results come back that show the PFAS levels are below the health advisory level. It is not known how long this will take, but residents will not be connected back to the city of Parchments supply until it is approved.

Visit the Kalamazoo County Government Health and Community Services Department for updates and additional information as it becomes available.

Website: http://www.kalcounty.com/hcs/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooCountyHCS/