How do you know if your water has been contaminated?
Testing a water sample is the only way to know if PFAS are present in drinking water.
Due to the widespread use of PFAS for decades and a lack of government regulation, PFAS have been found in municipal drinking water throughout the United States and right here in Wisconsin. The full extent of contamination, however, remains unknown. Because PFAS are odorless and tasteless, testing is the only way to know if they are present.
A municipal well can be sampled for about $600. That's a small price to pay to ensure that a community isn't drinking contaminated water.
Has your water utility tested?
Some communities—including Milwaukee, Madison, Marinette, Peshtigo, Rhinelander, and La Crosse—have conducted PFAS testing to varying degrees, but most public water utilities in Wisconsin have not conducted comprehensive PFAS testing. Learn more here.