Is there a new water crisis in Michigan?

Officials in Michigan warned more than 3,000 residents against drinking their water.

Story highlights

  • Michigan has identified dozens of PFAS-contaminated sites around the state
  • Michigan officials called a state of emergency over water in Kalamazoo County

(CNN)On Sunday, Michigan's lieutenant governor called a state of emergency for Kalamazoo County due to water contaminated with chemicals at more 20 times the threshold set by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

It's yet another site on a growing list of those around the state contaminated with the chemicals PFAS or PFOA.
Last week, test results from Michigan Department of Environmental Quality found water in municipal water system in the city of Parchment, which is located in Kalamazoo County, had levels of PFAS as high as 1,410 parts per trillion. The EPA's recommended limit is 70 parts per trillion.
    The industrial chemicals, known as polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances or PFASs, have been linked to a variety of adverse health effects, including liver damage, thyroid disease, decreased fertility, high cholesterol, obesity, hormone suppression and cancer.

    Thousands shouldn't drink their water

    On Friday, county officials warned the approximately 3,100 residents of Parchment and nearby Cooper Township that are served by the municipal water system to stop using the water for drinking, cooking, or to mix baby formula. Local officials said the water can be used for showering, laundry and flushing toilets.