PFAS Water Contamination
In the past few years, millions of families across the country learned that the water coming out of their faucets was contaminated with chemicals linked to cancer, kidney disease, and more.
PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, is the toxic Teflon chemical found in non-stick pans and firefighting foam used at military bases across the country. The chemicals are linked to cancers, kidney disorders and more, and are estimated to be in the drinking water of more than 110 million people in the United States.
PFAS has been found in drinking water across the country, with many families finding out that they’ve been drinking the toxic chemicals for decades. These chemicals are extremely persistent in the environment, which means they last a long time and contamination continues long after the active contamination has stopped.
We all deserve to know that the water coming out of our faucet is safe. That’s why Toxics Action Center is working to close the loopholes in our toxics regulations, strengthen drinking water protections, and support community groups fighting for their community’s right to clean drinking water. Links
Join and Support Community-Led Clean Up Work
The National PFAS Contamination Coalition is a group of impacted community leaders who have come together to take action for clean water and health protection. Coalition members share local campaign stories, information, and connections to experts and work together to take on big polluters, win local and statewide campaigns, and build a bigger movement for national change.
Are you concerned that the water coming out of your faucet is not safe to drink? Get help now!
Help protect community groups from this contamination crisis. Sign the petition to make sure all communities get clean water.
There’s a lot of information on PFAS and it can be hard to know where to start. Many of the resources below were developed by our partners and are intended for people impacted by PFAS to get your questions answered.
PFAS chemicals and community health: An introduction
Want answers to your questions about PFAS but don’t know where to look? This is a good place to start. This resource is for communities whose water is contaminated with PFAS.
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: The Social Discovery of a Class of Emerging Contaminants
Get up-to-date information about the emergence of PFAS across the world.
Interactive Map of PFAS Contaminated Communities.
See where communities across the country are affected by PFAS.
EWG Tap Water Database
Concerned that your water is contaminated? See if your municipal water has been tested.
Fact Sheets and Information on PFAS
- A factsheet for communities affected by PFAS-contaminated water, by the Boston University Superfund Research Program (updated 12/2016)
- Fluorinated Alternatives: Myths versus Facts, by the Green Science Policy Institute
- The Teflon Toxin, investigative reporting by Sharon Lerner at The Intercept
- EPA Health Advisories on PFOA & PFOS in Drinking Water (released 6/2016)
Health Studies Guide
Are you concerned about PFAS in your drinking water? Would conducting a health study facilitate the change you want to see? The Health Studies Guide is designed to help community groups clarify questions and goals, determine whether or not a health study is an appropriate strategy to investigate an environmental health concern, and develop a strategic plan to ensure that the health study produces the information that the community wants and needs. Learn more.
Highly Fluorinated Compounds Conference, June 2017 at Northeastern University
In 2017, we held the first-ever national conference on PFAS, bringing activists, experts, scientists, laywers, and elected leaders together to discuss the PFAS crisis. Learn more about the gathering and check out presentations on a variety of topics from the two-day conference.
PFAS at Vermont Crossroads Conference
Check out a PFAS workshop to learn more from community leaders and experts on what these chemicals are, how communities have responded, and what you can do. We presented this workshop at the Vermont Crossroad Conference in November 2017. Watch the workshop presentation to learn more.