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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority


January 11, 2016


Ria Convery
(617) 788-1197,

PFOA Not Found in MWRA Drinking Water

You may have read a recent article talking about perfluorinated compounds, in particular Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in drinking water. PFOA is used in the manufacture of Teflon and other products, and some areas near manufacturing plants have had PFOA detections.

From 2013 through 2015, MWRA has tested for and did not find:

  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS)
  • Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)
  • Perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS)
  • Perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA)
  • Perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS)

These compounds would not be expected to be found in MWRA water since MWRA’s reservoirs, the Quabbin and Wachusett, are very well protected, and mostly surrounded by conservation land.

MWRA tests the water supply each year for over 120 contaminants to ensure the water supplied is of the highest quality. If you have any questions about water quality, please visit MWRA's Water Testing page, which includes all of our annual and monthly test results, or contact us at 617-242-5323.



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Updated January 11, 2016