New Federal Rules Require Testing and Treatment for PFAS in Georgia Drinking Water

In Georgia, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced new regulations regarding “forever chemicals,” known as PFAS, found in drinking water.

These regulations mandate that all water utility companies must test and treat their water sources to ensure they contain levels of PFAS below a certain threshold.

PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, have been in use for many years. They’re commonly used in various products to repel water, oil, and heat, and can even be found in cosmetics and cleaning agents. However, studies have linked these chemicals to health issues, including cancer.

According to Horace Franks, CEO of the Clayton County Water Authority, large manufacturing companies have been accused of dumping PFAS into bodies of water for years, leading to contamination. Franks believes that these companies should be held responsible for remedying the situation.

The Clayton County Water Authority already conducts tests for PFAS and has found only minimal amounts in their water supply. However, complying with the new federal regulations could take up to five years and cost around $450 million.

New Federal Rules Require Testing and Treatment for PFAS in Georgia Drinking Water

Despite the challenges, Franks assures current customers that their tap water is safe to drink, as the water authority is committed to following all safety guidelines. He emphasizes that public health remains their top priority and encourages residents to continue using and enjoying their tap water without worry.

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As the community works to address PFAS contamination, Franks expresses pride in being part of an organization dedicated to caring for such a vital resource as water.

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