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Ironwood Water Samples Under EPA Health Advisory Manganese Levels

Until all samples are completed, the Michigan Department of Health manganese advisory for infants remains in place. Until all samples are completed, the Michigan Department of Health manganese advisory for infants remains in place. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: August 16, 2019 10:45 PM

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Tests of the water in 25 homes show that the amount of manganese is under EPA health advisory levels, city officials reported Friday. 

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The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department sampled the homes around Ironwood, the feed point to the City of Hurley, and the Ironwood Pump Station discharge point. 

The EPA health advisory levels are 300 parts per billion for children under a year. For adults, it is 1,000 ppb. The EPA does not require tests for manganese. 

According to the city, at the tested homes, the levels ranged from 1.6 to 120 parts per billion. The Hurley feed point measured at 45 ppb, and the Ironwood Pump Station was at 290 ppb, the city reported. 

The Health Department took samples from 16 more homes in a second round of tests, and those results are expected soon. 

Until all the samples are finished, the Michigan Department of Health advisory for infants will remain, and the city will continue providing bottled water to families with little ones. It can be picked up at the Ironwood Public Safety Building.

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