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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Perfluorobutane sulfonate (PFBS)

US Air Force Academy

NOTE: US Air Force Academy purchases water from Colorado Springs Utilities which is required to test for perfluorobutane sulfonate (pfbs). Sample information shown below was taken by Colorado Springs Utilities.

Perfluorobutane sulfonate (PFBS) is a member of a group of perfluorinated chemicals used in many consumer products. PFOS and other perfluorinated chemicals can cause serious health effects, including cancer, endocrine disruption, accelerated puberty, liver and immune system damage, and thyroid changes. These chemicals are persistent in the environment and they accumulate in people. Click here to read more about perfluorinated chemicals.

 

18

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012N/A00N/A
2013ND30ND
2014ND10ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016N/A00N/A
2017N/A00N/A

ppt = parts per trillion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 1 ppt

The EWG Health Guideline of 1 ppt for perfluorobutane sulfonate was defined by EWG based on studies by Phillipe Grandjean of Harvard University and many other independent researchers who found reduced effectiveness of vaccines and adverse impacts on mammary gland development from exposure to PFOA and PFOS, the two PFAS most widely detected in drinking water. This health guideline applies to the entire class of PFAS detected in water.

ppt = parts per trillion

All test results

NOTE: US Air Force Academy purchases water from Colorado Springs Utilities which is required to test for perfluorobutane sulfonate (pfbs). Sample information shown below was taken by Colorado Springs Utilities.

Date Result
2013-07-15ND
2013-07-15ND
2013-07-15ND
2013-07-15ND
2013-07-15ND
2013-10-28ND
2013-10-28ND
2013-10-28ND
2013-10-28ND
2014-01-07ND
2014-01-21ND
2014-01-21ND
2014-01-21ND
2014-01-21ND
2014-04-21ND
2014-04-21ND
2014-04-21ND
2014-05-12ND