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Report: ACC's drinking water is free of "forever chemicals"

 An Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department employee holds a container of water at a county water treatment facility.
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An Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department employee holds a container of water at a county water treatment facility.

New data from the ACC Public Utilities Department say that the county’s water doesn’t seem to have so-called “forever chemicals” in it.

Those forever chemicals, also known as PFAS are long-lasting substances found in an array of household and commercial products. They can build up in the human body over time and cause health problems.

Athens-Clarke County is part of a program administered by Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division which measures PFAS levels in all surface water and groundwater drinking water systems serving more than 100,000 people, like Athens-Clarke County’s. Lab findings released this month found the county’s drinking water to have undetectable levels of PFAS in all 18 tests.

The Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department is a financial supporter of WUGA.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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