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ATTENTION: Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the City will temporarily be suspending in-person services at Utility Customer Service office until further notice.

"Forever chemicals" explained

Wednesday 6 May

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), referred to as "forever chemicals," are human-made compounds that do not occur naturally in the environment. They are used in a variety of industrial and consumer products such as surface protection products, nonstick coatings on cookware, electrical wire casing, and fire fighting foams to name a few.

PFOS and PFOA were not detected in the November 2014 Port St. Lucie water sampling event, as regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), via the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR-3).

Although not required, a resampling event of PFOS and PFOA took place in March and April and the results have not yet been finalized. The next sampling event (UCMR-4) is scheduled for September 2020, and will test for a completely different set of compounds, as established by the EPA.

Port St. Lucie Utility Systems provides drinking water that continues to meet all Federal and State requirements. READ 2019 Water Quality Report to learn more.

For more information, contact:
Jenny Tomes
Utility Marketing Coordinator
(772) 871-5131
jtomes@cityofpsl.com