Plainfield Township Receives $4.3 Million Grant to Extend Water to Additional Homes With PFAS Contamination

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has awarded Plainfield Township a $4.3 million grant to extend municipal drinking water to additional homes affected by PFAS contamination in their private wells.

The Consolidation and Contamination Risk Reduction, or C2R2, grant will be used to extend the Township’s drinking water supply to nearly 150 additional homes that were not included in the settlement with Wolverine Worldwide in 2020.

Over the next three years, the Township plans to connect homes in the following areas:

  • Butternut and Bittersweet neighborhood
  • Woodwater and Rapidfall neighborhood
  • Mall, Ripley and Austerlitz neighborhood
  • Warwick Glen Drive

Residents in these areas can expect to receive additional information in the mail as the timing for each project approaches. Water main extensions for the Butternut and Bittersweet neighborhood will occur this year. Work in the other neighborhoods will occur in the coming years.

The C2R2 grant program was developed by EGLE under Michigan’s new Clean Water Plan to update the state’s drinking water and sewer systems and reduce chemical contamination. Applicants received funding for projects that proposed to remove or reduce PFAS or other contaminants, fund efforts to consolidate water systems or connect private residential wells to a local municipal water.

PFAS is a family of long-lasting chemicals Wolverine Worldwide used to waterproof its boots and shoes and have been linked to certain types of cancers and other health issues. In 2020, a $69.5 million settlement was finalized between the state of Michigan, Plainfield and Algoma townships and Wolverine for the Rockford shoemaker to pay the cost of extending municipal water service to nearly 1,000 homeowners whose private drinking wells were in the settlement area, along with all hookup and connection fees.

Plainfield Township’s municipal water continues to provide safe drinking water for its customers as indicated in its latest annual water quality report.

The Township’s investment in granular activated carbon, or GAC, for its water system continues to be highly effective in eliminating PFAS, bacteria, pathogens and other undesirable elements from drinking water. This filtration uses activated carbon material that absorbs contaminants from the water as they filter through.

For more information or to contact the Township’s Water Department, click here.