Residents in Barnstable County can sign up to have their private wells tested for the presence of persistent contaminants called PFASs, as part of the newly-formed STEEP Superfund Research Program Center. Volunteers are invited to sign up online through the STEEP website: https://web.uri.edu/steep/wellwater.
The study is designed to measure PFAS levels in a limited number of private drinking water wells throughout Cape Cod, particularly in areas where groundwater may be affected by PFAS contamination. Our overall goal is to better understand the extent of PFAS exposure through private well water on Cape Cod and to support private well testing and treatment to reduce PFAS exposure.
For those of you unfamiliar with the project, STEEP (Sources, Transport, Exposure and Effects of PFASs) is funded by a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program. The five-year effort led by the University of Rhode Island, together with Silent Spring Institute and Harvard University, is focused on addressing the emerging and expanding problem of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in drinking water—how these chemicals move through our environment, how we are exposed through our drinking water, and how they affect our health. Local project partners include the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and the Sierra Club Cape Cod Group.
More information about STEEP is available here: https://web.uri.edu/steep/