PFAS Statement

PFAS Test Results  

BELOW DETECTABLE LIMITS

BSU tested our drinking water for PFAS in November 2023, and will test again in May 2024. All results were below detectable limits. We remain committed to protecting your water supply from PFAS and any other environmental impacts.

PFAS, also referred to as “forever chemicals,” are man-made chemicals used in industrial and consumer products since the 1920’s. They are commonly used in firefighting foams, food wrappers and many common household items including non-stick cookware (“TeflonTM”), water-resistant clothing (“Gore-TexTM”) and stain-resistant coatings for furniture (“ScotchgardTM”).

In some areas, PFAS have made their way into water supplies, particularly near manufacturing facilities, military installations, and firefighting training facilities (there are no manufacturing facilities near BSU’s wellfields). Since the mid-2000s most U.S. manufacturers have phased out the use of PFAS compounds. However, these chemicals continue to build up in the environment because they do not break down easily.

On June 15, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a drinking water health advisory for certain chemicals in a group called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Research indicates that PFAS chemicals can have negative effects in humans, prompting the EPA to act to protect public health.