Perfluorinated compounds and other water uses

 
Can I cook with the water?
If the levels of perfluorinated compounds in your water are above the health advisory level, consider using alternate sources of water for foods where the water is absorbed or consumed such as soups, rice, and beans. Tap water can be used to wash produce and cook other dishes as very little of this water is consumed.
 
Can I use the water for showering and bathing?
Perfluorinated compounds do not easily enter the body through the skin. Bathing, swimming and showering with water that has levels of perfluorinated compounds above the health advisory values is safe as long as you avoid swallowing the water. Supervise small children when they are bathing and brushing teeth to ensure they do not swallow the water.

Can I use the water for laundry?
Very little water remains on clothing and fabric that has been washed. Because these articles are not placed in your mouth, you may use water with perfluorinated compounds levels above the health advisory values for general cleaning and washing your clothing, bedding and linens.

Can I use the water in a humidifier?
If the levels of perfluorinated compounds in your water are above the health advisory levels, use distilled or treated water in your humidifier.

Can my pets drink the water?
The health effects from perfluorinated compounds on animals are probably similar to the effects on people. If the levels of perfluorinated compounds in your water are above the health advisory values or you are concerned about the health of your pet, use bottled or treated water for drinking and food preparation.

Can I use the water for my garden?
At this time, our information on levels of perfluorinated compounds in fruits and vegetables grown in home gardens is very limited. Using available water and soil sampling data and computer models from the Colorado School of Mines, we have estimated the possible amount of perfluorinated compounds in vegetable and fruits grown in water and soil that is representative of conditions in the Security, Widefield and Fountain area. The following guidance is based on this assessment.

Produce irrigated using water containing perfluorinated compounds levels above EPA’s health advisory levels:
  • Adults: Consumption of up to four servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit per day over a three month period in a given year is likely to result in exposures below EPA recommended levels for perfluorinated compounds.
  • Children: Consumption of two servings of fruits/vegetables per day over a three month period in a given year is likely to result in exposures below EPA recommended levels for perfluorinated compounds.
Produce grown in soil previously irrigated using water containing perfluorinated compounds levels above EPA’s health advisory levels and currently irrigated using water containing perfluorinated compounds levels below EPA’s health advisory levels:
  • Adults and Children: Consumption of all recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day over a three to six month period in a given year is likely to result in exposures below EPA recommended levels for perfluorinated compounds.