Waite Park officials provide information on PFAS in drinking water

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WAITE PARK (WJON News) – Waite Park officials released a video Monday morning detailing the PFAS chemicals found in the city’s water supply.

The city found out about these chemicals after voluntary examinationwhich detected PFAS in all three wells in the city.

Director of Public Works Bill Schlunz says while their water treatment plant has functioned properly over the past 30 years, improvements in science and technology have brought these chemicals to light.

Our current sand filter treatment system requires that we add additional filtration processes to remove PFAS from our wells. We have been working with the health department and the engineers on board to make plans for these improvements.

PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that break down very slowly over time and enter the water system via groundwater. Examples include dental floss, sleeping bags, pizza boxes, rain gear, food containers and makeup.

Schlünz therefore says it is a matter of time before other communities face the same challenge.

As science and testing methods get better, they will find more contaminants like they found in our water. Other people will face the same challenges, if not today then tomorrow.

Schluenz says providing safe drinking water for residents and businesses remains a high priority, and they continue to work with MDH officials to determine the best process for removing or reducing levels of PFAS in drinking water.

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