Is PFAS in your drinking water?

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are an emerging contaminant found in drinking water that has been linked to cancer, liver and immunity complications, and developmental delays. You can learn more about PFAS on our site.

Research from our partners at Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed hidden EPA results showing over 110 million people in the United States may have PFAS contaminated drinking water. EPA mandated national testing shows that over 1,500 drinking water systems may be contaminated. Since this information has not been publicly announced, EWG has created a tool so you can type in your zip code and learn if your water distribution system is above the EPA reporting limit. However, the EPA reporting limit is much higher than a health protective level. So even if you don’t pop up on the EWG tool, you may still be at risk. Freshwater Future is working to protect those in the Great Lakes region from this toxin. Stay tuned for updates on our continued work related to PFAS.

Michigan lawmakers have launched a new bipartisan PFAS task force to address policy related to the emerging contaminant. This comes after last week’s announcement from Senator Winnie Brinks who introduced a bill that would limit PFAS to 5 ppt in public drinking water.


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