Plainfield Township Wins Another Best-tasting Water Award

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The Plainfield Township Water Department again has been recognized for providing the best-tasting municipal water in the state – this time by the Michigan Rural Water Association.

Each year, the MRWA recognizes the outstanding work of its members at its annual conference, including the best-tasting water in the state. The award is based on clarity, aroma and taste. Any municipal water system without a state violation is able to enter the contest.

Plainfield Township will represent Michigan nationally at the Great American Water Taste Test in February of 2023 hosted by the National Rural Water Association in Washington D.C. The competition is the nation’s largest drinking water taste contest and Plainfield will be going up against other state winners.

This is the second best-tasting municipal water award Plainfield Township has won this year, earning the honor from the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association in February. The Water Department also will compete for national honors at the AWWA national competition June 14 in San Antonio.

In 2018, the Township began investing in the installation of granular activated carbon, or GAC, filters in its entire system to eliminate PFAS from its municipal water. GAC has proven to be highly effective in eliminating PFAS, bacteria, pathogens and other undesirable elements from drinking water. It does this by using activated carbon to absorb contaminants from the water as they filter through.

The Township first launched a pilot program to study the effectiveness of GAC filtration in eliminating PFAS compounds in municipal drinking water. The successful 20-month study was the first of its kind in Michigan and led to the Water Department’s expansion of GAC filtration for its entire system over a three-year period, which was completed in 2021.

The Water Department is able to treat its maximum capacity of 16 million gallons of water per day using GAC filtration. It treats an average of 2.6 million gallons of water per day in the winter and 6 million gallons per day during the summer, with peak demand around 11 million gallons on hot, dry summer days.

The MRWA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting public health by ensuring drinking water in Michigan is in compliance with federal and state regulations. The organization provides training and technical assistance to municipalities in water and wastewater operations, federal and state compliance and source water protection.

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