EPA PFOA / PFOS Fact Sheet – link to PDF
EPA PFOA Final Health Advisory – link to PDF
EPA PFOS Final Health Advisory – link to PDF
ADEM Press Release / Health Advisory – link to PDF
Alabama Department of Health Press Release – link to PDF
Drinking Water Safety Announcement
DRINKING WATER HEALTH ADVISORY
For many years, ADEM, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and the EPA have told us our water is safe and that it met their standards.
On May 19, 2016, the EPA issued Drinking Water Health Advisories calling the safety of our water into question due to the levels of two chemicals, perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), that are present in the Tennessee River where we obtain our water. We want everyone to know about these new Drinking Water Health Advisories, so that you can take action, just as we are taking action to address the situation.
As recommended by EPA, we have consulted with ADEM and the Alabama Department of Public Health, who have recommended that pregnant and breast-feeding mothers served by our water system consider using alternate sources of drinking water (for drinking and cooking), and that for formula-fed infants, it is advisable to use formula that does not require adding water. In addition, the Health Department advised that other people served by our water system may also consider alternate sources of drinking water (for drinking and cooking). We are currently reviewing the EPA Drinking Water Health Advisories in more detail and may issue additional advisories.
A copy of the Fact Sheet from the EPA is included in this mailing. In addition, press releases from ADEM and the Health Department are available above. There is also a link to the full EPA Drinking Water Health Advisories for your review.
We have determined that the source of the chemicals in our water is 3M and other chemical companies upstream of our intake on the Tennessee River, who discharged these chemicals from their manufacturing processes, and we have taken legal action against them to hold them responsible for cleaning up our water. However, we are not waiting for the resolution of the lawsuit. Because of the EPA Drinking Water Health Advisories, we are bringing in new, state-of-the-art, water treatment equipment as soon as possible to remove the chemicals. Work has already begun on the process, and we will keep you advised on our progress.
We will provide additional information, and keep you advised as soon as any new information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.