Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS (pronounced p-fahs), have collectively emerged as one of the biggest environmental threats facing the Great Lakes region. This man-made family of chemicals, repel oil and water and has been used since the 1940’s for a number of common uses including nonstick cookware, fire retardants, and food wrappers. Scientific studies suggest exposure to PFAS in water and food can increase the risk of cancer and have other harmful health effects.
The use of firefighting foams at airports and military bases and the industrial nature of the State of Michigan have caused state officials to estimate that roughly 11,000 sites are contaminated by PFAS. Despite the massive threat, PFAS pose to both the environment and human health, the State of Michigan is testing only public water supplies. No state-funded testing for private wells is planned at this time.
People need access to information about the quality of their drinking water. Freshwater Future and the University of Michigan Biological Station are offering residents a low-cost PFAS test to be able to make decisions about their water source based on the results.
What to know:
Cost: $60 for Michigan residents, $70 for residents in other states and Canada
Commercially, PFAS testing can cost a family up to $300. We are offering our kits for $70. Thanks to very generous Michigan donors we are able to offer Michigan residents a discounted price of $60. Our cost includes initial shipping, kit materials, and analysis. It does not include return shipping. You will be able to collect the sample yourself and not need to hire a technician.
For more info about our test kits click here for frequent questions answered including the specific PFAS compounds we currently test for.
*Need help covering the cost? Freshwater Future recognizes that this may be a hardship for some, so we have a limited amount of funding available to help reduce the cost. You will have the option at the checkout to select "Pay What I Can" - all we ask is that it is somewhere between $5 and $70.
Lab utilized: U of M Biological Station in Pellston, MI
Results: Delivered to you electronically within three weeks