The drinking water industry has been monitoring PFAS chemicals (Per and Poly Fluoroalkyl substances) for over a decade. US EPA issued a public health advisory for PFAS chemicals in 2016, citing evidence that lifetime exposure to these chemicals could result in harmful health effects.
In 2020, IL EPA initiated an investigation into the levels of PFAS concentrations in water supplies throughout the State. Moline participated in the investigation. The investigation found that Moline’s water had trace concentrations of three compounds in the PFAS family of chemicals. Moline plans to follow IEPA recommendations to communicate this information to the community.
Moline will also continue to work collaboratively with neighboring water systems to conduct monitoring of Mississippi River water and finished water as well as looking into treatment alternatives to reduce the concentrations of these chemicals in Moline’s public water supply.
US EPA Website - https://www.epa.gov/pfas
American Water Works Association Website - https://www.awwa.org/Resources-Tools/Resource-Topics/PFAS
AWWA PFAS Briefing - PFAS Briefing