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MSU water quality testing

Dec. 7, 2018

Michigan State University staff working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) conducted water quality testing at each of MSU’s 15 water wells supplying campus drinking water to determine if Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) were present. Test results returned non-detect readings, meaning that PFAS is not present according to MDEQ.  

Brody Hall, 1855 Place and Kellogg Center, all of which fall under the City of East Lansing water system, also were non-detect for PFAS. 

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s. Learn more here. 

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) has undertaken a proactive effort to investigate sources and locations of PFAS contamination in Michigan, to protect drinking water, and to inform the public about PFAS. This involves the work of ten state departments, in coordination with local and federal officials.  

MSU’s new water treatment plant and storage tank project, located at the southeast corner of Service Road and Recycle Drive, is on schedule and in its fifth month of construction. The plant will double water storage capacity and improve the quality of water flowing through its distribution system.  

It will filter six million gallons of water daily, including chlorination, fluoridation and the removal of iron, a mineral that over time can clog plumbing and filters and leave rusty stains on fixtures and laundry. The project is scheduled to be complete by late 2019. Learn more about the project here.