What is PFAS?
PFAS are chemicals that have been around since 1940s. They are collectively known as "forever chemicals" because the properties that make them useful in consumer goods like food packaging, makeup, deodorant and shampoo also make them stay in the environment for a long time.
How did they get in the water ?
As a universal solvent, anything that's in our environment will often show up in our water. PFAS seeps into groundwater from manufacturing facilities that make products that contain PFAS.
How much PFAS are in the drinking water ?
PFAS are being found in our water at less than 30 parts per trillion (ppt). A part per trillion is equal to one drop of water in 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools. NJDEP has set a maximum allowable limit of 13 ppt for PFOS and 14 ppt for PFOA. These are some of the strictest PFAS limits in the nation. They are set this way to protect the most vulnerable members of the population.
What are we doing about it?
Holding manufacturers responsible
Delivering water with the least amount of PFAS
Investing in new treatment to make PFAS undetectable by 2026
Seeking federal funding to keep costs as low as possible