Water Testing: PFAS, Lead, Fracking & More

Water Testing: PFAS, Lead, Fracking & More

Freshwater Future, partnering with the University of Michigan Biological Station, wants to ensure that residents using private wells are able to have their water tested, and make decisions for their families. We will be offering reliable and affordable PFAS testing – get your test kit here.

I Want My Water Tested for PFAS

If you are interested other types of water testing, visit our Fracking Water Testing Page or our Lead Water Testing program in Flint.

More on PFAS

What:
Perfluroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS (pronounced p-fahs), have collectively emerged as one of the biggest environmental threats facing the Great Lakes region. A man-made family of chemicals that repel oil and water, that has been used since the 1940’s for a number of common uses such as nonstick cookware, fire retardants, flame- and water-resistant clothing, food wrappers, plumber’s tape, stain prevention products, and even coatings on wires.  Scientific studies suggest exposure to PFAS in water and food can increase the risk of cancer and have other harmful health effects.

Where:
The use of firefighting foams at airports and military bases and the industrial nature of the State of Michigan have caused state official to estimate that roughly 11,000 sites are contaminated by PFAS. Despite the massive threat PFAS pose to both the environment and human health, the State of Michigan is testing only public water supplies. No state-funded testing for private wells is planned at this time.

Why:
People need access to information about the quality of their drinking water. Freshwater Future and the University of Michigan Biological Station are offering residents well a low-cost PFAS test to be able to make decisions about their water source based on the results.

What to know:
Cost: $60
Need help covering the cost? Freshwater Future recognizes that this may be a hardship for some, so we have a limited amount of funding available to help reduce the cost. You will have the option at the checkout to select “Pay What I Can” – all we ask is that it is somewhere between $5 and $60.

 

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