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Posted on: March 15, 2023

Water testing for PFAS in advance of EPA new standards

Batavia water tower

The EPA has announced a new proposal to establish national standards for PFAS in drinking water. If finalized, the EPA’s proposal would regulate six different Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. In anticipation of the EPA’s announcement, the City of Batavia conducted water testing for 29 different PFAS substances.

Batavia’s test results showed non-detect levels for PFOA and PFOS, which are both proposed to be regulated as individual contaminants. A level of 983 parts per trillion was detected for PFBS. In June 2022 the EPA issued a health advisory for PFBS at 2,000 parts per trillion. Batavia’s test result was less than half of the health advisory level. 

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