Alarming findings have come to light as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals the presence of cancer-associated substances in the drinking water of Chatham County. While the city of Savannah initially identified the source within its water system, recently disclosed EPA data now uncovers the existence of “forever chemicals” or PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) in the Port Wentworth region.

PFBS Contamination Confirmed 

Municipal officials in Savannah have confirmed the detection of Perfluoro butane sulfonic acid, or PFBS, in the water sample, registering at 3.1 parts per trillion. This recorded quantity is significantly below the EPA’s recommended health threshold of 2,000 parts per trillion for PFBS under EPA guidelines.

Understanding PFAS

PFBS belongs to the broader family of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), encompassing thousands of chemicals extensively used in the production of nonstick cookware, food packaging, firefighting foams, takeout containers, furniture, rugs, clothing, and various other products.

Regional Impact

The harmful substances known as PFAS compounds have been found in many other Georgia counties’ drinking water supplies, not just Chatham County. This discovery shows how important it is to address PFAS contamination in the area’s water systems and take comprehensive measures to protect public health and the environment.


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