On June 15, 2022 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new lifetime health advisories for four PFAS compounds. Testing by our water system in January 2022 indicated the presence of at least one of these compounds in our drinking water, at levels above the new advisories recently modified on June 15, 2022. These advisories are not currently regulated by the EPA. Our results for sampling were PFOS ranged from non detect and PFOA ranged from non detect to 0.0041 ug/l. The latest data on our wells is ND for both.
What is being done
- We will be implementing routine monitoring for these compounds.
- We will be sharing this information with you.
- We are examining available options to address PFAS in the drinking water supply and will keep you informed.
What should I do?
- If you are concerned about levels of PFAS found in your drinking water, contact your doctor or health care professional.
- Consider actions that may reduce your exposure including installing a home or point of use filter, if possible, while steps are being taken to further understand levels of concern and potentially regulate PFAS at the national level.
- Boiling, freezing, or letting water stand does not reduce PFAS levels.
- Review EPA’s Meaningful and Achievable Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Risk.
What are PFAS?
PFAS are a group of man-made chemicals that have been in use since the 1940s. PFAS are (or have been) found in a wide variety of consumer products and as an ingredient in firefighting foam. PFAS manufacturing and processing facilities, airports, and military installations are some of the contributors of PFAS releases into the air, soil, and water. Because of their widespread use, most people have been exposed to PFAS and there is evidence that exposure to certain PFAS may lead to adverse health effects.
For More Information
For information on PFOS, PFOA, PFBS, GenX chemicals and other PFAS, including possible health outcomes, you may visit these websites:
- Basic information, EPA actions to address PFAS, and links to informational resources: www.epa.gov/pfas
- Health information, exposure, and links to additional resources for PFAS in drinking water: www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/drinking-water-health-advisories-pfoa-and-pfos