The purpose of the study is two-fold:
To understand the relationship between exposure to PFAS in drinking water and how quickly the body accumulates and/or eliminates various PFAS compounds.
To evaluate how exposure to PFAS affects health. Specifically we will be looking at markers of health related to liver function, cholesterol and immune response.
What does Participation in the Study Involve?
We will be recruiting up to 200 participants from the Fountain, Security and Widefield areas south of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Participants will give a blood sample, answer questions about their demographics, cleaning and eating habits, work history and health. We will also be collecting water samples.
Eligibility requirements for the study include:
Primary residence of at least 3 years as of August, 2015 and served by the Fountain, Security, or Widefield water systems or a PFAS impacted private well
Over age 18
Not smoked tobacco or marijuana in the last 12 months
Willing to provide blood samples and answer our questionnaire
Willing to refrain from taking allergy medication, NSAIDS and vitamins/supplements for 48 hours prior to sampling
Water Contamination in El Paso County, Colorado:
In 2013-2016, PFAS concentrations above the EPA health advisory level were detected in public water systems in Fountain, Security and Widefield (FSW), in El Paso County, Colorado. The three water systems combined serve approximately 80,000 people and their water sources were likely contaminated prior to 2013 and likely for much longer.Very little is known about the health effects of human exposure to PFASs in areas with drinking water contamination such as FSW.