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Davidson Water News
December 2016
2016 Newsletter

PFAS’s in Drinking Water
August 18, 2016

PFAS’s are a group of chemical compounds that include perfuorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfuorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). These chemicals can cause problems with the endocrine and reproductive systems as well as adversely affect normal development with fetuses and breastfed infants being most susceptible. The EPA has recently issued a lifetime health advisory concentration of 0.070 parts per billion for both PFOA and PFOS.

PFOA is commonly found in nonstick coatings used for cookware, while PFOS is commonly found in firefighting foam and protective fabric coatings. These chemicals can be found in drinking water supplies or taken into the body through direct contact.

In compliance with the recent regulations, Davidson Water, Inc. conducted sampling for possible contaminants included in UCMR3, which included PFOA and PFOS. Four samples were collected between May, 2014 and February, 2015. All samples had a result of “No Detection” for PFOA and PFOS.