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West Des Moines Water Works is joining more than 70 utility companies already talking legal action to tackle a harmful contaminant in its drinking water. 

The utility company’s board of trustees voted unanimously to join a multi-district class action lawsuit on PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, West Des Moines Water Works officials said in a news release Tuesday.

Manufacturers like the 3M Company and DuPont are facing lawsuits around the country for making the chemicals which are used, among other things, in consumer products and firefighting foam.

The group of utilities is pursuing PFAS manufacturers — including 3M and DuPont — and direct sources of the emissions in the local area is difficult to determine, West Des Moines Water Works General Manager Christina Murphy told the Des Moines Register.” …