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PFAS and Filters or Alternate Water

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PFAS and Filters or Alternate Water

  • MDHHS recommends filters which have been certified to reduce the amount of PFOS and PFOA in drinking water.  In order to be certified, a water filter must undergo extensive testing which meets the strict requirements set by the American National Standard Institute for drinking water units - health effects. Up until recently, the protocol that has been widely accepted has been NSF Standard P473. That standard was recently retired (March 2019) and has been replaced by American National Standard 53 from ANSI. Reverse osmosis systems must also meet all of the requirements in the NSF/ANSI 58 standard. To meet these requirements a filter must be able to reduce PFOS and PFOA below the EPA LHA level. Certified products must be retested periodically and their manufacturing facilities must be inspected every year.
  • If you have a private drinking water well and MDHHS or your health department has contacted you recommending use of a filtration system, one will be provided to you at no cost. Replacement cartridges will also be provided to you at no cost. Contact your health department to ask about getting a filter or having one installed.
  • It depends on the filtrations system you are using. The filtration systems provided by MDHHS last approximately 6 months or 800 gallons of water.

    To get replacement filters, contact your local health department.