PFAS contamination lays waste to family vegetable garden, canned goods

Canned fruits and vegetables Amber Adams-Falls will have to toss out due to PFAS contamination.

PFAS contamination in the city of Parchment has impacted thousands of people who are still waiting for water service to return, but as the water problems continue more problems arise.

Amber Adams-Falls, 33, Parchment, said her backyard garden did not survive the PFAS contamination.

“We stopped watering immediately, we usually water twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening and it is just not possible to water a garden this size with bottled water,” said Adams-Falls.

Adams-Falls said she didn’t anticipate her water would be a threat to her now decaying vegetable garden she has nurtured for years.

Adams-Falls and her husband are among thousands of Parchment residents who were forced to stop using their tap water after tests revealed high levels of PFAS was found.

“We can’t eat apparently any of our previous canned goods. So, I have over 300 jars of home preserves on my shelves that we can’t touch and will have to be thrown away,” said Adams-Falls.

The health risks from the toxic water sparking a wide range of questions she says public officials are not being transparent about.

“The more I think about it and the more people I talk to, I start to realize the kind of terrifying massive scope of this issue,” said Adams-Falls.

But until residents get a green light to consume the water Adams-Falls will have to purchase all her produce.

“To a certain degree there is sort of a grieving process for the produce we would have had and the things we would have done with it.”

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