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Colorado: Research with Other States Seeks to Determine if Treating Drinking Water Enough to Limit PFAS Exposure?

Researchers from three states, including faculty from the Colorado School of Public Health, are currently grappling with water contaminated with poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are joining forces to tackle one of the biggest remaining questions facing communities who have found the toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam, nonstick cookware and water-repellent clothing lurking in their water supply.

When PFASs contaminate a drinking water source, is it enough to just treat the water people drink? Or do state and local agencies need to do more to limit residents’ exposure?

The new research project set to receive $1.96 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to answer such questions. In doing so, researchers will develop actionable data that can be used by state and local agencies to reduce exposure to the harmful chemicals in communities across the nation.

The research team includes scientists and engineers from North Carolina State University, Duke University, Michigan State University and the ColoradoSPH and Colorado School of Mines. Their efforts will focus on their three home states, each of which has communities significantly impacted by PFAS-contaminated drinking water.

Read the whole story in the ColoradoSPH Newsroom.