• Drinking Water Polluted from Forgotten Dump

    Recently, a local news outlet released an article indicating that there are per and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAs) substances also called perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in local wells at alarming levels located just outside the city of Grand Rapids. The source of this most recent contamination is from an old, abandoned dump. Acceptable levels of PFCs and PFAs is 70ppt (parts per trillion.) All local residents are being told to not drink from their wells and drink only bottled water until further notice.

    After being notified about the issue, the manufacturer responsible began working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Grand Rapids district to test the water and found the presence of per/polyfluoroalkyl substances, called PFAS, in 21 residences. Of those tested with verified results, 14 show some level of PFAS and seven show unsafe levels. One was tested at 27,000 parts per trillion.

    PFAS are odorless and tasteless compounds that are resistant to heat, water, and oil. Often found in cosmetics and Teflon, they have been used in hundreds of industrial applications and consumer products such as carpeting, apparels, upholstery, food paper wrappings, fire-fighting foams and metal plating. PFAS bio accumulate, (increasing concentration over time in blood and organs). At high concentrations, certain PFAS have been linked to adverse health effects in laboratory animals that may reflect associations between exposure to these chemicals and some health problems such as low birth weight, delayed puberty onset, elevated cholesterol levels, and reduced immunologic responses to vaccination.

    How can you remove PFCs/PFAs from your drinking water? The solution is best addressed with a highly rated reverse osmosis drinking water system that also includes a high density activated carbon filter. Gordon Water Systems carries the Kinetico K5 Reverse Osmosis System that is 3rd party verified to have the highest contaminant removal. Gordon Water Systems was started in west Michigan in 1973 and has been helping families have clean, safe water in their homes for over 44 years. Contact us using the form below for your free water test!

    • *Testing for PFCs is not free and has a cost of $300
  • Local Water News

    Kalamazoo Hydrant Flushing

    If you have city water and in particular Kalamazoo City water Spring is the time of year to get slugs of rusty water coming into your home.  This happens because the city flushes the hydrants to make sure the hydrants all work and to flush stagnant water our of underground pipes.  It is during and after the hydrants in your neighborhood are flushed that all kinds of rust and sludge can get stirred up in the pipes and then into your home.  A water softener will not remove that color from your water.  We recommend that when you see the color coming into your home that you run a cold water tap closest to the water meter until the color is cleared up.  It may take minutes or even an hour but it will clear up.  What may happen is that you may need to change your water softener prefilter as it stopped a bunch of the crud from coming into your home and you may want to change the Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System filters as well just to make sure you have fresh, clean filtration for your home and family.

    The Kalamazoo City Water Hydrant flushing schedule is below