PFAS chemicals not found in local waters

LIMA — After testing statewide for the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in public water systems, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced that none were detected in Allen, Auglaize and Putnam counties.

In fact, just two out of the 1,550 water systems tested in the state had PFAS levels above acceptable standards. Statewide water sampling began in February of last year.

“There is a still a lot that experts don’t yet know about the dangers of PFAS compounds in drinking water, but as a result of this work, we can say with certainty that these chemicals are not widely contaminating Ohio’s public water systems,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a press release. “We want Ohioans to feel confident that their water is safe, and I’m pleased that these testing results can provide some peace of mind.”

PFAS chemicals are used in carpeting, upholstery, cookware, food packaging and firefighting foam, and they can potentially contaminate ground waters if disposed of incorrectly.

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