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Drinking Water Safe In Spite Of PFAS Tests, State Health Chief Says

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After testing showed “forever chemicals” in treated water in more than two dozen water systems, state officials sought to reassure the public.

Matthew Christiansen, the chief health officer, said Wednesday that the state Bureau of Public Health had not issued any advisories related to the PFAS detected in water systems.

“The water you get from your faucet has been and remains one of the safest water sources out there,” he said.

Testing found PFAS in 27 water systems. Of those, 19 had levels above proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits for PFAS in drinking water.

The Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Environmental protection released the data last week.

Christiansen noted that the data are preliminary and that the state is ahead of the curve on testing.

Exposure to PFAS for prolonged periods may have adverse health effects, the EPA has determined.