PFAS Water Test
For Pure Water Northwest clients only.
Recommended by SimpleLab™ for testing 14 of the most common PFAS (also known as "forever chemicals") in drinking water. PFAS (and related compounds like PFOA and PFOS) are most often associated with industrial waste and from consumer products like GoreTex®, Teflon®, StainMaster® carpets, Scotchgard®, and other flame retardants and non-stick products. While many industries have voluntarily stopped use of PFAS compounds, the stability and persistence of these compounds makes them a lifetime concern–as even extremely low levels have been shown to have deleterious human health effects.
This SimpleLab water test package provides all required materials to properly collect and submit a sample for certified laboratory testing. Reported results will include detailed, quantified analysis of common PFAS compounds down to concentrations below 2 parts per trillion (PPT).
Testing includes: 14 common PFAS compounds by EPA 537.1 (or equivalent).
Report analysis includes: Health-risk assessment, potential plumbing and aesthetic issues (taste, odor, appearance), and comparison to any regulatory limits and/or public health guidelines.
Contaminants this tests for▾
This test includes analysis of the following compounds using EPA Method 537.1 for home sampling and laboratory testing
- Perfluorooctanoic acid
- Perfluoroheptanoic acid
- Perfluorononanoic acid
- Perfluoroundecanoic acid
- Perfluorododecanoic acid
- Perfluorodecanoic acid
- Perfluorohexanoic acid
- Perfluorotetradecanoic acid
- Perfluorotridecanoic acid
What are PFA/PFOS/PFOA?▾
The PFCs (Perfluorinated Chemicals) listed above are manufactured for use in daily products globally. They have been used in the production of Teflon and other plastics. Humans are exposed to PFAS in small quantities through packaging and other plastic products imported from abroad. Most over-exposure results from ingesting contaminated water through irresponsible disposal of wastewater from industries as was the case in Hoosick Falls, NY.
PFOA, also known as C8 (because it has 8 carbons), is classified as a possible human carcinogen, Group 2B by IARC, a subsidiary/adviser of WHO. PFOA is a very stable compound and persists in the environment indefinitely.
The EPA just released an advisory for PFOA and PFAS in July 2016 setting the lifetime HA for PFOA at 0.07 ug/L (70 parts per trillion, ppt). EPA also released a PFAS action plan in 2019, but no federal enforcement yet exists to deal with the large range of PFCs in the environment and potentially in drinking water.
State limits for PFC compounds in drinking water are often lower than EPA's advisory and changing quickly as new science emerges.
Connecticut recommends a 70 ppt limit for PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS, PFNA, PFHpA combined. New Jersey has proposed a limit of 13 ppt for PFOS (2018) and 14 ppt for PFAS (2017). Minnesota has proposed a limit of 15 ppt for PFOS (2019); 35 ppt for PFOA (2017); 47 ppt for PFHxS (2019); 2 parts per billion for PFBS (2017).
While U.S industries have voluntarily stopped use of PFOA and PFOS, the stability and hence the persistence of these compounds makes them a lifetime concern. They are present in products imported to the US and other PFCs are in production to replace them (e.g. other PFCs). They are found in water, ambient air, and occasionally indoor dust.
What's in the box?▾
This mail-in laboratory testing package includes:
- sampling vial(s)
- sampling instructions
- prepaid priority return shipping label
- sample information card/chain of custody document
- insulated shipping container
Once the lab receives the sample, your personalized SimpleLab Report will arrive by email within 10 business days.
Each testing package is intended for one sample from a single location, unless otherwise specified.
Each report includes analysis for specific numerical concentration levels of each contaminant and details about the potential sources and health effects associated with each parameter. We are not medical doctors and SimpleLab does not provide medical advice. For medical concerns always consult your doctor. Because this testing package requires you to collect the water sample, it is not meant for state or federal compliance water testing. If you or your organization requires compliance with State or Federal Law, or compliance with a particular regulatory requirement then you must contact our support team. For more information about SimpleLab informational testing and certification options click here.
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