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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s.

In 2016, the EPA issued Health Advisory Levels (HALs) for PFAS compounds as the first step in developing new drinking water standards. Since these substances are not regulated by the Federal government, monitoring and publishing the results from any samplings are not required to be included in GUC’s annual Consumer Confidence Report (also known as our Water Quality Report).

However, GUC has been voluntarily testing for these substances since 2018. Each time GUC has tested for these substances, all levels were well below the EPA’s advisory level.   

GUC will continue testing and monitoring both river and treated water for a variety of substances to ensure we provide safe, award-winning drinking water for the Greenville Region and will comply with all regulations the State and Federal governments adopt.