PHMDC to offer free PFAS testing for private wells

According to Wisconsin Public Radio, Dane County residents using private wells may be eligible for free PFAS water testing. PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” are a class of synthetic chemicals widely used in household products and industrial applications. The county will fund water tests for people living outside of the city of Madison with an income around 80% of the federal median.

Public Health Madison and Dane County will pay for home testing — which runs between $400–500 — through Pace Analytical Services. The department anticipates service to be available through June 2024, depending on demand and available funding.

Contaminated waters have been found around the airport in Dane County and an Air National Guard training site used to train firefighters. They also have the ability to spread. Madison found elevated PFAS levels in one of its wells in 2017 and shut it down two years later. The city’s water supply does not have elevated PFAS levels.

If residents’ wells are found to be PFAS-contaminated, the department will help them apply for grants through the state Department of Natural Resources to remediate the situation. In the short-term, they will be able to obtain PFAS-filtering pitchers.

Dane County residents interested in applying for PFAS testing can find additional information here.