CT PFAS FAQs

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).

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.

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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

Bethel CT PFAS Results

Bridgeport Metro System PFAS Sampling Results

Bridgeport Metro System PFAS results table

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.

Brookfield CT PFAS Results

Cornwall System PFAS Sampling Results

Cornwall CT PFAS Results

Danbury Systems PFAS Sampling Results

Danbury CT PFAS Results

 

Additional Information About the Cedar Heights System

Cedar Heights System PFAS sampling results table
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Darien System PFAS Sampling Results

Darien CT PFAS Results

East Derby System PFAS Sampling Results

East Derby PFAS Results

East Hampton System PFAS Sampling Results

East Hampton CT PFAS Results

Goshen System PFAS Sampling Results

Goshen CT PFAS Results

Greenwich System PFAS Sampling Results

Greenwich CT PFAS Results

Kent System PFAS Sampling Results

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Kent CT PFAS Results

Lakeville / Salisbury System PFAS Sampling Results

Lakeville CT PFAS Results

Lebanon System PFAS Sampling Results

Lebanon CT PFAS Results

Litchfield / Goshen System PFAS Sampling Results

Litchfield/Goshen CT PFAS Results

Mansfield System PFAS Sampling Results

Mansfield CT PFAS Results

Marlborough System PFAS Sampling Results

Marlborough CT PFAS Results

Middlebury System PFAS Sampling Results

Middlebury CT PFAS Results

Mystic System PFAS Sampling Results

Mystic CT PFAS Results

New Canaan System PFAS Sampling Results

New Canaan CT PFAS Results

New Fairfield Systems PFAS Sampling Results

New Fairfield CT PFAS Results

 

Additional Information About the Ball Pond System

Ball Pond System PFAS sampling results table
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New Milford Systems PFAS Sampling Results

New Milford PFAS Results

 

Additional Information About the Brookfield Area of the New Milford Regional System

New Milford Regional System PFAS sampling results table
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Newtown Systems PFAS Sampling Results

Newtown CT PFAS results table

Norfolk System PFAS Sampling Results

Norfolk CT PFAS Results

North Canaan System PFAS Sampling Results

North Canaan CT PFAS Results

Norwich System PFAS Sampling Results

Norwich CT PFAS Results

Oxford Systems PFAS Sampling Results

Oxford, Connecticut PFAS results table

Plainville / Bristol / Farmington / Southington PFAS Sampling Results

PFAS data table for Plainville, Bristol, Farmington, and Southington, CT

Ridgefield Systems PFAS Sampling Results

Ridgefield CT PFAS Results

Seymour / Oxford / Beacon Falls System PFAS Sampling Results

Seymour/Oxford/Beacon Falls PFAS Results

Sherman System PFAS Sampling Results

Sherman CT PFAS Results

Simsbury / Granby / East Granby System PFAS Sampling Results

Simsbury/Granby/East Granby PFAS Results

Southbury System PFAS Sampling Results

Southbury CT PFAS Results

Stamford System PFAS Sampling Results

Stamford CT PFAS Results

Stonington System PFAS Sampling Results

Stonington CT PFAS Results

Suffield System PFAS Sampling Results

Suffield CT PFAS Results

Washington Systems PFAS Sampling Results

Washington CT PFAS Results

Wolcott Systems PFAS Sampling Results

Wolcott CT PFAS Results

Woodbury System PFAS Sampling Results

Woodbury CT PFAS Results

 

Additional Information About the Woodbury System

Woodbury System PFAS sampling results
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Additional Resources

Learn more about PFAS and the Connecticut Department of Public Health's Drinking Water Section Strategy at ct.gov.

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