Water at East Rockford Middle School determined to be safe

ROCKFORD, Mich. - The water tested at East Rockford Middle School and a property on Ramsdell Drive in Cannon Township has been determined to be safe.

According to Dr. Mike Shibler, Superintendent of Rockford Public Schools, he received a lab report last night stating there were no detectable PFAS at Rockford East Middle School. Rose & Westra, Inc. was the lab that tested the water at East Rockford Middle School.

The wells were tested after concerns of contamination from an old dumping site for the former Wolverine tannery in Rockford.  The dump site has been closed for several years.

Recent tests on the Rockford and Plainfield municipal water systems have also come back safe, according to the company.

The school district disconnected the drinking fountains and began using bottled water a couple of weeks ago due to concerns of contamination of their well. Cannonsburg Elementary, Crestwood Elementary and Lakes Elementary are still having their water sources tested as a precautionary measure, according to the school district.

A Wolverine press release says that the dumping site on Ramsdell Drive was primarily construction debris with some leather and rubber scraps and PFAs were not detected in the wells.  They say the waste at that site was dumped there in the 1970s with the permission of the landowner at the time.

Wolverine has set up a website for nearby residents to get updates on the situation.  Visit www.wolverineworldwide.com/about-us/environment .

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3 comments

  • frank oppenheimer

    Sadly we continue to vote in people against our own best interests. As long as we continue to vote in people who value a dollar more than people and the environment in which we live and breathe; we will continue to see this sort of thing. Hopefully our grandchildren and their children will forgive us.

    • Kevin Rahe

      Of course, as bad as voting in people who will trade trees for money is voting in people who think the latter grows on the former. It’s too bad we can’t compromise and get more solid, principled representatives who aren’t sold out to one cause or another.