Drinking Water Awareness Week, May 2-8

Wednesday May 5th - PFAS and Drinking Water


PFAS 101: WHAT EVERY HOMEOWNER SHOULD KNOW


WEDNESDAY, MAY 5: PFAS AND YOUR DRINKING WATER


  • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large family of man-made chemicals that contain carbon, fluorine, and other elements. These chemicals have been in use since the 1940s and are found in a variety of products including firefighting foams, household products such as non-stick cookware, food packaging, and stain and water repellants. People can be exposed to PFAS in a variety of ways, including drinking water contaminated with PFAS. In 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-3, establishing the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) as an established, enduring body to address the threat of PFAS contamination in Michigan, protect public health, and ensure the safety of Michigan's land, air, and water, while facilitating inter-agency coordination, increasing transparency, and requiring clear standards to ensure accountability.


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