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EGLE awards grant to Ann Arbor to help remove PFAS from drinking water

September 5, 2019

City of Ann Arbor's Water Treatment PlantThe Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) awarded a grant to the city of Ann Arbor to help remove Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) from its drinking water. PFAS was first detected in 2014 in the city's drinking water, and in 2016 the source was narrowed down to the Huron River. The $1,317,264 grant will help Ann Arbor confront the problem from multiple angles.

The EGLE grant will be used by the city to improve and replace its granular activate carbon filtration with a type better suited to reduce PFAS. A phased replacement of filter material, along with improvements to infrastructure and monitoring at the plant, will assist the city in reaching its PFAS removal targets. In addition, a portion of the grant will be used to help test new PFAS reduction strategies and communicate progress to the city's customers.

This grant program is funded with a one-time allocation of state money.

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