Otsego residents to get answers about water testing, amid cancer cluster concerns


OTSEGO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Otsego residents will get an update Wednesday about possible contamination in their water, which they worry has led to cancers and other illnesses.

Federal, state and local officials are prepared to give updated information on the environmental work they have done to look into neighbors' concerns.

Newschannel 3 learned last week, Otsego tested mostly clear of PFAS. The city said there was one well with the toxic chemicals, but it was below the federal limit.

However, there are more concerns over the large number of people who have had cancer and other serious diseases in the area, as well as the young age of those affected.

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There will be an open house meeting to discuss the results of the recent water testing from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Otsego United Methodist Church on Allegan Street.

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