Read the full article from Frank Kummer (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
“The Willingboro Municipal Utilities Authority is notifying residents that drinking water recently exceeded a state level set for PFOS, one of the “forever chemicals” that do not break down in the body or environment.
The MUA said PFOS was detected at 15 parts per trillion based on a running annual average. The state allowable maximum is 13 ppt. The agency, which also provides water for neighboring Westampton Township, posted the notice Dec. 8 on its website.
Officials for the MUA could not be reached immediately Tuesday for comment.
However, the MUA was advising people with compromised immune systems, those who are pregnant or have infants, and the elderly that they may be at higher risk than others and ‘should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water.’
Simply boiling the water won’t remove the PFOS, the notice says. Infant formulas and other drinks served to infants should be prepared with bottled water. Pregnant or nursing women should consider using bottled water for drinking and cooking.
The agency notes that home filters are available that effectively reduce PFOS.
According to the MUA, monitoring began this year under the state’s new standards for some compounds that fall under the family of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances known collectively as PFAS. PFOS is within that family.
The MUA said it was notified Nov. 8 that the four most recent quarters of monitoring had shown ‘that our system exceeds’ PFOS levels.”…