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PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” refers to a group of toxic chemicals used for a wide range of items, from non-stick cookware to upholstery manufacturing to firefighter training. In some parts of the country, these chemicals have been sprayed on the ground or dumped by manufacturers and are now being found in some watersheds and groundwater wells. The CDC and the EPA estimate that drinking water represents 20% of American’s overall exposure to PFAS chemicals. Until today, there were no proposed federal rules on safe levels of PFAS.

We didn’t wait. We’ve been testing for PFAS chemicals since 2017, and in 2020, we talked with the CDC, state health officials, and other water experts and decided to set stricter limits on PFAS exposure in the water systems we managed. At that time, the EPA health advisory said anything below 70 parts per trillion was safe; we set our own limit at 13 parts per trillion. We’ve been building treatment facilities and treating water that exceeds 13 parts per trillion since then. We include PFAS testing as part of our regular operations now – and will begin the work to treat water to the EPA’s new proposed federal limit.  

Get a peek inside one of our treatment facilities in this video.

We’re trying to make the perpetrators pay for this cleanup. We have also filed lawsuits against the chemical companies and others who are responsible for PFAS chemicals being in the watershed and groundwater wells. We intend to use any money won from these lawsuits to help pay for the cleanup in our affected water systems so that you don’t have to pay for their wrongdoing. 

 

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Learn more about how Americans are exposed to PFAS, and how to protect yourself.

Contact your state and Federal representatives to express your concern about PFAS and encourage them to hold the chemical manufacturers and others responsible for PFAS being in watersheds and groundwater wells accountable for their actions. 

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