PFAS Water Testing

PFAS Water Testing

Posted on February 4, 2019 by

Freshwater Future, partnering with the University of Michigan Biological Station, wants to ensure that residents using private wells in communities with levels of PFAS above safe recommendations by the Center for Disease Control levels but that is lower than the state threshold for action (70 ppt) are able to access this information about their water, and make decisions for their families. We will be offering reliable and affordable PFAS testing.

We are not currently accepting new orders for test kits due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check back in April 2020.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Questions? Contact info@freshwaterfuture.org

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 the biggest environmental threats facing the Great Lakes region. A man-made family of chemicals that repel oil and water, 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 In the State of Michigan alone, roughly 11,000 sites are estimated to be 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 using a private well a low-cost PFAS test to be able to make decisions about their water source based on the results.

 

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