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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Oakridge Parents/Guardians & Community,
Here is a promised update on our well water testing by MDEQ.
As I shared prior, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has begun a statewide initiative to test drinking water from all schools that use well water and community water supplies for PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). MDEQ is taking this precautionary step of testing these drinking water sources to determine if public health actions are needed.
Over the summer, MDEQ collected samplings from all drinking water wells at Oakridge Public Schools. Last week, I reported that MDEQ had publicly announced results for the wells at the Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, and High School. We were pleased to inform staff and the community that PFAS was “NOT DETECTED” in the well water of these buildings.
This week, I received the water testing results from MDEQ for the well at the Carr Building. The MDEQ, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) have used the PFAS amount of 70 parts per trillion to inform decisions on actions that should be taken to prevent risk to public health. Said a different way, no harm is expected from PFAS in drinking water tested below 70 parts per trillion. For reference, one part per trillion is equal to one drop of water in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools. MDEQ has notified the District that the total tested PFAS level in the well water at Carr Building is 5 parts per trillion. This means that according to USEPA and MDEQ standards, Carr Building’s water source is acceptable for drinking and for all other uses. With that being said, water monitoring will continue. We are still waiting on results for the Admin Building’s well.
Please follow this link to see MDEQ’s official results available. At this time, Carr Building results are not yet listed on this site. You can expect results to be posted in the coming days.