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PFAS detected in Wausau city wells


During recent voluntary testing of municipal drinking water supply wells PFAS was detected in all city wells.

The levels are less than the US EPA Health Advisory level of 70 parts per trillion(ppt).

But they exceed the level the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has proposed for drinking water standard of 20 parts per trillion based on the recommendation from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The PFAS levels in Wausau's municipal wells ranged from 23 to 48 parts per trillion.

The city's director of public works and utilities says Wausau Water Works is not in violation of any drinking water standards or regulations.

It’s taking actions proactively to inform and protect the health of its customers.

Residents do not need to immediately stop drinking or using the city's water.

A long-term exposure to high levels of PFAS can contribute to negative health impacts.

The Wisconsin DHS recommends people limit their intake of PFAS compounds.

Boiling water doesn't remove compounds.

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