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Parchment, Mich. – Thousands of cases of bottled water have been distributed in southwestern Michigan as two communities respond to a contaminated water supply.

Volunteers ranging from firefighters to high school students turned out Saturday in Parchment for a second day of free water distribution. Tests revealed substances known as PFAS in water that’s used in Parchment and Cooper Township.

About 3,000 people on the affected water system have been told not to drink or cook with the water. Parchment is flushing the lines before it connects with Kalamazoo’s water supply.

Separately, Kalamazoo County declared a local emergency, which could qualify the communities for state assistance.

A public meeting to discuss the water problem is scheduled for Tuesday at Haven Reformed Church.

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