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“A recent Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment study found no perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in Longmont’s drinking water and its raw water supplies, city officials said in a Tuesday news release.

The city participated voluntarily in the health department’s statewide sampling and testing program, which officials reported detected no PFAS in Longmont’s treated drinking water or in the raw water that’s delivered to its water plants for treatment.

PFAS are a family of human-made chemicals that are found in a wide range of products used by consumers and industry that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water, city officials said. Examples are stain resistant carpets, non-stick pans, water repellent and fire retardant clothing, food packaging, and high temperature fire-fighting foam.

The state health department project tested for 18 PFAS compounds in Longmont’s drinking water. City staff said that to ensure the safety and reliability of its drinking water, Longmont took the additional step of sending raw water samples to be tested, as well…”