TIME: How to Find Out If Your Drinking Water Is Safe



To find out if your local water supply does contain PFASs in excessive amounts, the EPA says your county health department may help you test it. If your local department doesn’t provide that service, you should instead contact a state-certified laboratory. You can find one in your area by calling the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or visiting www.epa.gov/safewater/labs.

According to the Green Science Policy Institute, simply boiling water doesn’t eliminate contaminants. If your local water supply is contaminated with PFASs, you could drink and cook with bottled water, though that’s not a particularly viable—or cheap—solution.

Michal Addady