The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) developed and released an interactive online dashboard to show Minnesota residents who receive drinking water from a community public water system if their system’s water has any level of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
According to the MDH news release, the results of statewide testing shows the majority of community water systems in the state have either no detections of PFAS or levels below the current state levels.
The testing and dashboard aims to help “communities manage any changes in PFAS occurrence or health risk understanding in the future,” according to the news release.
MDH began a project in 2021 to test for PFAS in community water systems, and this testing and monitoring will be ongoing through 2022, according to the MDH.
Sampling in systems most vulnerable to PFAS contamination is the priority.
“With this new tool, Minnesotans will be able to see for themselves whether PFAS is a concern for the health of their communities and their families,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm in the news release. “Our statewide testing and dashboard are just two examples of how Minnesota continues to be a national leader in providing safe drinking water.”