'No public health risks': Water tests back for Rockford schools

Rockford Schools test negative

ROCKFORD, MICH. - Superintendent Dr. Mike Shibler announced with the Rockford community the results of recent water tests at Cannonsburg, Crestwood and Lakes elementary schools.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Dr. Shibler met with officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Kent County Health Department to receive the results.

There is no public health risk, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says and no additional work is needed at the schools.

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The DEQ also found the area surrounding the three schools tested negative for any known or suspects per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. Levels at Cannonsburg, Crestwood and Lakes ranged from 0.891 ppt through 1.25 ppt -- well below the established advisory level of 70 ppt.

As a precaution, the three elementary school's water were tested for PFAS contamination -- as well as East Rockford Middle School.

Dr. Shibler says that Rockford Public Schools will voluntarily test the water at schools with wells annually, and plan on publishing the results to their website.

There will be a town hall meeting hosted by the Kent County Health Department on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Rockford Freshman Center. Officials from several different agencies will be available prior and during the meeting starting at 4:30 p.m. to address any specific concerns.

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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