Coloradans face an emerging public health challenge from a family of chemicals found in toxic firefighting foam and other sources. The chemicals are known scientifically as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, and have been used for decades in many consumer products and industrial processes to repel oil and water, resist heat, and reduce friction.
We are still learning about health effects from exposure to these chemicals, but studies have found serious potential impacts including pregnancy complications, developmental delays in children, and increased cholesterol. Learn more about these chemicals and the department’s actions to reduce exposure by clicking on the links below.
Action plan Read about how the state will work to protect Colorado’s from risks posed by PFAS chemicals
2020 Sampling project Public water systems now have the opportunity to show their customers their water is safe by testing for PFAS, for free!
Your health What you need to know about health effects from exposure to these chemicals and the EPA’s health advisory for some PFAS compounds
Drinking water Information about PFAS in drinking water, what the state is doing to protect our drinking water, and how to treat PFAS-contaminated water at home