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MSU conducts water quality testing, water treatment plant project on schedule

December 7, 2018
Beaumont Tower on July 30, 2018.
Beaumont Tower on July 30, 2018. —
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MSU conducted water quality testing at each of MSU’s 15 water wells to determine if Per- and Polyfluoroalkl Substances, or PFAS, were present, according to an email sent to the MSU community by Associate Vice President for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Daniel Bollman. The test results returned non-detect, which means that PFAS are not present.

PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals, the email said. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s.

MSU’s new water treatment plant and storage tank project — located at the southeast corner of Service Road and Recycle Drive — is on schedule and in its fifth month of construction, the email said.  

The new plant will double the amount of water storage capacity on campus and improve the quality of the water through its distribution system. 

"It will filter six million gallons of water daily, including chlorination, fluoridation and the removal of iron, a mineral that over time can clog plumbing and filters an leave rusty stains of fixtures and laundry," the email said. 

The project is scheduled to be completed by late 2019. 

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