City of Bend Utility Department is committed to providing its customers with safe, reliable water and is closely tracking the news about detections of PFAS in drinking water around the country. Fortunately, PFAS were not detected in samples of our drinking water sources, the Bend Municipal Watershed and the Deschutes Regional Aquifer, when tested in 2014. City of Bend will stay well informed of regulatory developments to ensure ongoing compliance with all drinking water standards and requirements, and most importantly, we will continue to monitor water quality to assure that our drinking water remains safe.
What are PFAS?
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS are a group of human-made chemicals that have been manufactured and used for a wide range of consumer and industrial products since the 1940s. Link to more information on the EPA website.
Are there known sources of PFAS in City of Bend’s water supplies?
The City of Bend tested for PFAS in 2014 as part of the EPA Unregulated Contaminate Monitoring Rule (UCMR 3). PFAS were not detected in any of the samples of our drinking water sources, the Bend Municpal Watershed and the Deschutes Regional Aquifer. Additional information about testing in Oregon is available on the State of Oregon website.
What are the health effects from exposure to PFAS?
What are the results of Bend's previous drinking water testing for PFAS?
In 2014, City of Bend tested for six types of PFAS in drinking water from the Bend Municipal Watershed and Deschutes Regional Aquifer. The EPA required drinking water utilities around the country, including City of Bend, to test for PFAS as part the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 3). PFAS were not detected in any of the samples.
Are PFAS regulated?
There are a variety of laws and regulations to protect public health and the environment. There currently are no Federal Regulations for PFAS under the Clean Water Act or Safe Drinking Water Act, but Drinking Water Health Advisories have been established.
- For federal rules and advisories, link to the EPA website
- Visit the State of Oregon website for information about PFAS in Oregon
What can customers do?
City of Bend encourages all of its customers to learn more about our water resources and what they can do to help protect our water sources. It is everyone’s responsibility to use chemicals responsibly and protect groundwater quality. Learn more at bendoregon.gov/cleanwaterworks.