What is PFAS?
Throughout the northeast and across the nation, state and local officials, health departments, and water utilities–including Aquarion—have focused their attention on a group of human-made chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances
PFAS are a family of chemicals widely used since the 1950s to manufacture common consumer products, and are also used in firefighting foams. These substances have been detected in drinking waters, including public and private water supplies, bottled water,
consumer products, food, and cookware. They have been linked to a variety of health risks, particularly in women who are pregnant or nursing, and in infants.
In recognition of the growing concern about PFAS, Aquarion voluntarily began a PFAS testing program in 2019 for our more than 70 public water systems in Connecticut. These results showed that PFAS levels in our water supplies were less than the original
advisory limit of 70 ppt defined by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
On June 15, 2022, the US EPA issued revised health advisories for four PFAS based on new information on the life-long exposure risk to these compounds. The health advisory levels identify levels of PFAS that will protect all people, including sensitive
populations and life stages, from adverse health effects resulting from exposure throughout their lives to these PFAS. The health advisories are non-enforceable and non-regulatory advisories.
CT DPH also issued revised guidance on June 15, 2022 with the issuance of Action Levels for four PFAS compounds. The levels are non-enforceable and testing by a utility continues to be voluntary.
- Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) – 10 parts per trillion (ppt)
- Perfluorononoctanoic acid (PFNA) – 12 parts per trillion (ppt)
- Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) – 16 parts per trillion (ppt)
- Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS) – 49 parts per trillion (ppt)
What has Aquarion being doing in Connecticut?
- Aquarion started voluntary testing of its Connecticut water sources in 2019 and continues to conduct voluntary testing.
- Aquarion continues to share all point of entry PFAS testing results on its website at aquarionwater.com/pfas. These sampling results continue to be updated as new data becomes available.
- Aquarion also shares PFAS results in its annual Customer Confidence Reports (CCRs). Aquarion’s latest Connecticut CCRs are now available at aquarionwater.com/wqr.
- Aquarion has been proactively planning for possible infrastructure upgrades to reduce levels of PFAS in the water sources in which PFAS have been detected above the CT Action Levels described above. These upgrades can be quite costly. To help offset costs
to customers, Aquarion has been actively seeking funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will help mitigate the impact of these projects on water rates.
- Aquarion also inspected land use activities around each of our water supplies (wells and reservoirs) and found no high-risk contamination sources such as industrial, commercial, and municipal activities that might release high levels of PFAS to the environment.
Aquarion will remain vigilant about this important issue, including additional testing for PFAS at some of our water sources. We will continue to share test results with our customers and state and local officials. We will also continue to work with the
public health agencies and drinking water associations to ensure the protection of our drinking water supplies, and delivery of high-quality water to our customers.
Below are Aquarion's PFAS sampling results by town/water system and additional information links on PFAS.
Bethel Systems PFAS Sampling Results
The Chimney Heights System has been merged with the Newtown System. Please see the Newtown Regional table for Chimney Heights PFAS results.
Bridgeport Metro System PFAS Sampling Results
Brookfield Systems PFAS Sampling Results
For more information about the Brookfield area of the New Milford Regional System, please see our New Milford Regional System PFAS Sampling Results.
Cornwall System PFAS Sampling Results
Danbury Systems PFAS Sampling Results
Darien System PFAS Sampling Results
East Derby System PFAS Sampling Results
East Hampton System PFAS Sampling Results
Goshen System PFAS Sampling Results
Greenwich System PFAS Sampling Results
Kent System PFAS Sampling Results
Lakeville / Salisbury System PFAS Sampling Results
Lebanon System PFAS Sampling Results
Litchfield / Goshen System PFAS Sampling Results
Mansfield System PFAS Sampling Results
Marlborough System PFAS Sampling Results
Middlebury System PFAS Sampling Results
Mystic System PFAS Sampling Results
New Canaan System PFAS Sampling Results
New Fairfield Systems PFAS Sampling Results
New Milford Systems PFAS Sampling Results
Newtown System PFAS Sampling Results
Norfolk System PFAS Sampling Results
North Canaan System PFAS Sampling Results
Norwich System PFAS Sampling Results
Oxford Systems PFAS Sampling Results
Plainville / Bristol / Farmington / Southington PFAS Sampling Results
Ridgefield Systems PFAS Sampling Results
Seymour / Oxford / Beacon Falls System PFAS Sampling Results
Sherman System PFAS Sampling Results
Simsbury / Granby / East Granby System PFAS Sampling Results
Southbury System PFAS Sampling Results
Stamford System PFAS Sampling Results
Stonington System PFAS Sampling Results
Suffield System PFAS Sampling Results
Washington Systems PFAS Sampling Results
Wolcott Systems PFAS Sampling Results
Woodbury System PFAS Sampling Results
Learn more about PFAS and the Connecticut Department of Public Health's Drinking Water Section Strategy at ct.gov.