The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has recently completed statewide testing aimed to find out if Ohio's drinking water contains high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The testing follows as the first step in Ohio's PFAS Action Plan for Drinking Water in order to determine if there is a significant presence of PFAS in Ohio's drinking water.
Based on the testing of more than 1,500 public drinking water sources, roughly 6% had detectable amounts of PFAS in the sample and only two samples (0.13% of all samples) returned levels above the predetermined action level for that particular compound. All of the data collected during testing is available in this online dashboard.
Governor DeWine released a statement on the results late last year. “There is 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,” said Governor DeWine. “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 are a family of chemicals, that can be found in many everyday objects such as cell phones and tablets, medical devices, and even in solar panels and aircraft. The scientific community is still in the process of studying what, if any environmental or health impacts there are from exposure to specific amounts of PFAS, but for the time being Ohioans can rest assured that most of Ohio does not have detectable levels of PFAS in their water.