PFAS Testing Information

The Town of Medfield recently conducted voluntary testing for a family of emerging contaminants known as Per/Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). The tests reported an average total of PFAS below the Massachusetts drinking water maximum contaminant level of 20 parts per trillion (ppt). 

In October 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) established new drinking water regulations that set a maximum contaminant level of 20 ppt. Public water suppliers serving populations between 10,000 and 50,000 (such as Medfield) are required to begin initial testing in April 2021. Testing levels below 20 ppt are deemed safe.

The Town applied for free, voluntary testing that would be completed before the Town was required to begin testing. The results are as follows:

Location

January (Initial)

February (Confirmatory)

Well 1 (Route 109)

Part of Main Street Blend

14 ppt

Well 2 (Route 109)

Part of Main Street Blend

13 ppt

Main Street Blend (Wells 1 and 2)

18 ppt

13 ppt

Well 3 (off Elm Street)

15 ppt

12 ppt

Well 4 (off Elm Street)

2 ppt 

Non-Detect

Well 6 (Route 27)

4.3 ppt

Non-Detect

6 compounds tested: PFOS, PFOA, PFHxS, PFNA, PFHpA, PFDA

Maximum contaminant level: 20 parts per trillion

Based on these results, Medfield will continue to test for PFAS on a monthly basis at locations with results over 10 ppt. Locations with results less than 10 ppt will be tested on a quarterly basis. At this time, no additional action is required. 

Given the Town’s commitment to keeping residents informed, we are providing this information although the PFAS test results do not trigger a formal notice to the community under drinking water regulations. We will continue to provide updates on testing results. 

PFAS are a family of man-made chemicals that have been used since the 1950s in a number of products including nonstick cookware, water resistant clothing, food packaging materials, and firefighting foam. Please visit MassDEP’s website for additional information about PFAS. 

The Town is committed to managing and protecting our water supply. The Board of Water and Sewerage and Department of Public Works remains engaged with MassDEP, the Massachusetts Water Works Association, neighboring towns, and other stakeholders to ensure compliance with regulations and awareness of new developments regarding PFAS and the public water supply. If you have any questions, please contact the Water Division at 508-906-3004.