The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) recently tested the City’s water system for compounds known as Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) as part of a statewide investigation of community water supplies. PFAS are a group of thousands of manmade substances that have been produced in the United States since the 1940s and utilized for a variety of applications ranging from water and stain-proofing to firefighting. Some PFAS have been phased out of production due to environmental and human health concerns, yet they persist in the environment and may contaminate surface and ground waters. Most people are exposed to these chemicals from water, food, and consumer products. PFAS are very stable and do not break down easily in the environment. They are often referred to as “forever chemicals.”
Link to: Letter to Water System Customer
Link to: Fact Sheet
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