Cleaning PFAS-tainted water: ‘Easy to get to zero’

PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WOOD) — Plainfield Township residents worried about trace levels of a likely carcinogen in their municipal water might want to look south, to the Ohio River Valley.
It led to lawsuits in 2001, then a settlement that included fixing the water.
DuPont spent millions installing double-carbon filters for the public water systems and is required to maintain them.
Brooks said the only way to do that is to clean the source.
This year, tests started showing PFAS in neighboring wells, some at high levels.
>>Inside Complete coverage of the toxic tap water investigation “If Wolverine is filtering the water without anybody forcing them to do that, that’s a very good thing,” said West Virginia attorney Harry Deitzler, who sued DuPont.
“It’s so important that they have clean water because the diseases might not manifest themselves for the next 10 years, 20 or 30 years, and by then, it’s too late,” said Deitzler, the attorney.
“So the most important thing right now is to get the water clean.
That’s a process that lasts decades.” Earl Botkin, who lives downriver from DuPont, is now drinking clean water, but it’s too late.
you can’t dwell on that.” Plainfield Township Superintendent Cameron Van Wyngarden said that even though the municipal water is below the Environmental Protection Agency advisory limits, the township is looking at options.

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