PFAS Water Sampling Test Results

July 22, 2020

            Middleport Village Public Water System

            PWS ID - OH5300112

Subject: Water Testing Results

Dear Customer:

Ohio and states nationwide are faced with challenges related to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which have been manufactured and used for years in everyday items such as nonstick cookware, water-resistant clothing and personal care products. PFAS have also been widely used in firefighting foams, at military installations and fire training facilities. PFAS are classified as contaminants of emerging concern, meaning that research into the harm they may cause to human health is still ongoing.

In an announcement on September 27, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine directed the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to develop a statewide PFAS action plan to analyze the prevalence of these substances in Ohio’s drinking water. Under this plan, Ohio EPA is coordinating sampling and analysis, through contracted environmental firms and certified laboratories, of approximately 1,500 public water systems statewide. These systems provide water to cities, mobile home parks, schools, and daycares and serve approximately 90 percent of Ohio’s population.

Ohio EPA is testing for six specific PFAS identified in the table below and has worked with ODH to establish Action Levels for each. Action Levels are based on health advisory information published by U.S. EPA and other health-related research that has been conducted on PFAS exposures.

An Action Level is not a boundary between a “safe” and “dangerous” level of a chemical.  Rather, it is a level that represents the concentration at below which no adverse non-cancer health effects would be anticipated for the most sensitive populations.

PFAS

PFOA

PFOS

GenX

PFBS

PFHxS

PFNA

 

Action Level in

parts per trillion (ppt)

>70 single

or combined with PFOS

>70 single

or combined with PFOA

>700

>140,000

>140

>21

 
 

 

The Village of Middleport's water was tested and the results show that PFAS was found at 8.8 n/gl or ppt, which is less than the Ohio Action Level.

The results of the sampling data for the Middleport Village Public Water System are being posted on the state website at pfas.ohio.gov.

As a proactive measure, the Middleport Village Public Water System will be taking the following actions to monitor and reduce PFAS levels in our drinking water supply:

 

  • Conducting quarterly monitoring
  • Working with Ohio EPA to develop an action plan to reduce contamination
  • Monitoring of the Source Water Protection Area

 

Ohio EPA and ODH are also closely coordinating on outreach and educational materials for residents on PFAS, including health-related information and steps to reduce potential exposures. A state website has been set up to provide information about PFAS at pfas.ohio.gov. We encourage you to visit this website for helpful information about PFAS and reducing your exposure risks.

Sincerely,

Middleport Public Works

Joe Woodall, Administrator-Operator of Record