Meekhof comments on water test results in Ottawa Co.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING— Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today issued the following statement regarding water test results at a school in his district:

“I was surprised and concerned to learn of the results of water tests at Robinson Elementary School in Grand Haven,” said Meekhof.  “I know the school switched to bottled water shortly after test results were confirmed and parents at the school have been made aware of the situation.”

“This information is the result of a proactive effort on the part of the legislature and the state to test drinking wells for the presence of PFAs.  Citizens deserve to have access to safe drinking water.  This statewide testing will help ensure drinking water is safe and provide alternative water sources for sites impacted by the presence of PFAs,” said Meekhof.

“I have been in regular contact with the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the test results at Robinson Elementary and will continue to monitor the situation,” said Meekhof.

To date, the legislature has appropriated over $50 million to assess and mitigate the impact of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) on drinking water in Michigan.  Statewide testing of public water systems and schools that rely on well water is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Test results may be viewed online via www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse/.