PFAS Testing, Treatment and Maintenance

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SafeWell has been leading many efforts in the fight to identify and remove PFAS contaminants from drinking water in both private wells and city water. We have scientists on staff to analyze results received from our lab partners and compare against the latest EPA and State PFAS limits. Our detailed reports are targeted at educating our customers and recommending the latest technologies to remediate PFAS. Our Solutions Teams are well versed on PFAS removal for both residential and environmental and cleanup applications.

If you are concerned about PFAS, give us a call and we can set you on a path of PFAS free drinking water.

PFAS Services

PFAS Testing

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SafeWell is the largest tester of PFAS for private wells and city water in Massachusetts. We complete over 2,000 complex PFAS tests every year. Depending on your situation, SafeWell can expertly advise you on the correct PFAS test to protect your family.

PFAS Treatment

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From Point-of-use (POU) under-sink filters to complex Whole House Treatment Systems, SafeWell has designed and installed hundreds of custom residential PFAS removal systems. It doesn’t matter if you are on a private well or city water, we have the right solution for you.

System Maintenance

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SafeWell’s TotalCare team are experts in maintaining PFAS treatment systems to ensure they are working optimally. This also includes annual testing to monitor filter efficiency. SafeWell also offers approved solutions for disposing of spent PFAS filters. This is all part of your annual maintenance program.

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PFAS Sampling and Analysis

SafeWell's technicians have all been trained on special techniques for PFAS sampling and we offer multiple levels of PFAS analysis, including PFAS-6 (Massachusetts PFAS Standard with 6 analytes), as well as scans which also include the 6 EPA-regulated analytes (including GenX), using EPA Methods 537. 1 (18 analytes) and 533 (25 analytes). Call us today and we can help you choose the best test for your situation.

PFAS Treatment

After testing determines your PFAS levels, SafeWell offers effective treatment solutions. We provide whole house point-of-entry (POET) systems and under sink point-of-use (POU) options tailored to your specific contamination range. Properly sizing systems based on PFAS concentrations is crucial for optimizing removal efficiency. Our water quality experts design custom solutions to eliminate PFAS while avoiding waste or excessive costs from overtreatment. We remove PFAS with precision at the lowest possible dosing using advanced selective media. With SafeWell, you get treatment systems strategically engineered for your unique contamination situation.

PFAS Monitoring and Maintenance

To ensure the safety of families from harmful PFAS contaminants, it is essential to conduct continuous testing and monitoring of PFAS systems. Over time, these systems may become depleted and necessitate servicing to uphold their peak performance

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The results of water quality tests can exhibit notable variations among neighboring homes owing to differences in infrastructure and shifting aquifer conditions. We are committed to offering tailored solutions to eliminate any detected harmful contaminants from your water.

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Through our personalized treatment systems, we can prolong the lifespan of your appliances, fixtures, and pipes by eliminating detrimental elements responsible for staining and corrosion.

Health Risks

Understanding the impact of PFAS on our health


Reviewing the latest research and working with government agencies


Following industry best practices for PFAS sampling and testing

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Custom solutions for managing PFAS in drinking water


Continuous monitoring for changes in source water and treated water


Collecting data and mapping confirmed groundwater contamination sites


Per- and PolyFluoroAlkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been manufactured since the 1940s. They have been used extensively in common household products such as nonstick pans, food packaging (pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags, etc.), clothing and upholstery protectors (GoreTex, Scotchgard, etc.), and some personal care products and cosmetics. PFAS were also an important ingredient in fire-fighting foam.

Most U.S. manufacturers have phased out the use of PFOA and PFOS, however, these chemicals are still produced internationally and can be imported into the U.S. in consumer goods such as carpet, leather and apparel, textiles, paper and packaging, coatings, rubber and plastics.

PFAS do not break down in water or soil and may be carried over great distances by wind, rain or groundwater. Much of the contamination that is being discovered today may have originated years ago before suspicion of the damaging environmental and health effects was raised.

Exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects.

The main sources of exposure to PFAS, particularly PFOA and PFOS, are food and drinking water that is contaminated with these chemicals.

PFAS may have entered groundwater from:

  • Industrial facilities where PFAS were produced or used to manufacture other products
  • Locations where firefighting foam was used for training, or car accidents
  • Leachate from landfills (including informal dumping sites)
  • Agricultural, commercial and residential application of PFAS-contaminated fertilizers (manufactured from municipal waste and sludge)

If you are concerned about the possibility of PFAS in your drinking water, contact us and we can provide you further information on testing.

Because PFAS don’t break down over time, they can build up in the environment and in our bodies.

Pregnant women, unborn fetus, and infants are the most susceptible to adverse health effects from PFAS. The two most common and studied forms of PFAS – PFOA and PFOS – have been associated with the following health effects:

  • Difficulty becoming pregnant
  • Low birth weight
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension/pre-eclampsia
  • Preterm birth
  • Delayed puberty
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Immune response suppression
  • Altered liver
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Osteoarthrisis

The only way to know if PFAS is present in your water is to test. If you’re not sure about testing your water for PFAS, think about the area you live to assess risk factors. As of 12/1/2019, 46% of homes we tested were positive for PFAS. If you have children in the home or elderly folks using your drinking water, we would recommend testing. If you are concerned about your health and the health of your family, consider testing.

Our PFAS testing service includes:

  • EPA 537 6 Analyses test plus Field Test Blank
  • A comprehensive well system inspection
  • A complete treatment system inspection
  • Groundwater monitoring and measurements
  • Expert guidance from our water quality specialists
  • 6-Star customer service
  • A comprehensive water quality report

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HEALTHY – The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization dedicated to protection of health and the environment, and their team of scientists, has set a drinking water health guideline of 1 part per trillion (ppt) for each PFAS. This is the level for which no known health risks exist. To learn more about EWG and their health guidelines and scientific references, visit

SAFE with RISKS, HIGHER RISK – MassDEP has proposed a limit of 20 ppt applicable to the SUM of the concentrations of six PFAS analytes: PFBS, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFNA, PFOS & PFOA. This proposed limit is a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) allowed in Public Water Systems (PWS) before action is necessary.

In determining the MCL, MassDEP takes two factors into consideration: health impacts and the cost of treatment solutions for public water systems throughout Massachusetts. The reason there is health risk allowed is because the cost to treat PFAS contaminants in huge public water quantities can be extremely expensive. Treating PFAS in private wells is dramatically different than public water systems.

Neither EPA or MassDEP has established a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) – the level at which NO known health risks exist – for any individual or combination of PFAS.

To learn more about how MassDEP sets their PFAS standard, please visit

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