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WQA responds to elevated PFC levels in Michigan

Fact sheets, resources available on WQA’s website

Lisle, Ill. (August 1, 2018) -- The Water Quality Association has fact sheets and resources available to help residents of Michigan who are concerned about the quality of their drinking water following reports of elevated levels of perfluorinated chemicals, also known as poly-fluorinated chemicals.

“We recommend homeowners make use of filtered water until concerns about their local water quality are addressed,” said WQA Government Affairs Director David Loveday.

Studies indicate that Point-of-Use and Point-of-Entry solutions can be effective, including some Reverse Osmosis units, carbon filters and anion exchange systems. Consumers should ask the manufacturer to provide independent test data showing that their product is effective at removing PFCs.  WQA’s fact sheet on PFCs can be found here.  

What are Poly Fluorinated Chemicals (including PFOA and PFOS)?

PFCs are man-made. They are used in a broad range of applications including fire-fighting foams, non-stick coatings, food packaging and many other industries.


What are the potential health effects from PFOA and PFOS?

Studies have found PFOA and PFOS in the blood samples of the general human population and wildlife nationwide. Studies also indicate that continued exposure to low levels of PFOA in drinking water may result in adverse health effects. These chemicals bioaccumulate in living organisms compounding the exposure and potential impacts on human health.

Residents should have their drinking water tested through a certified water-testing laboratory. Homeowners can check with the Water Quality Association at to find a water quality professional or connect with a certified testing lab through the USEPA ( 


WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

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