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Health Notice

  • PFAS are chemicals that may impact your health
  • PFAS have been found in area well water
      • Multiple wells tested above guidance level for this impacted neighborhood
  • All residents should reduce your exposure to PFAS
  • Resident that live in the notice area (highlighted in map on the right) should take extra precaution to:
      • Test any wells not hooked up to City water AND
      • Take steps to remove PFAS from their drinking water.
  • Exposure to PFAS in water can be reduced through using the right filters.
  • Pregnant women and children under 6 should not drink water that contains PFAS.
  • Community Open Houses For One-On-One Answers are available March 28th and 29th with representatives from multiple agencies.

More Details on this Health Notice:

  • Levels of PFAS high above guidance level where identified in a community well for the Family Manufactured Home Community, LLC tested in February 2021
  • While looking for a source of contamination, multiple private wells in the area tested above guidance level for PFAS
  • No source can be identified at this time, however, more private wells in this area may be impacted
  • Reduce the impact of PFAs on your family by taking a few simple steps: Get a carbon water filter, get a home water filter, test your water for PFAs, or connect to City Water

Click here for FAQs about this PFAS Health Notice.

Health Notice Area for PFAS

What Are PFAS?

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a series of man-made chemicals that can be found in a variety of consumer products and water.

PFAS Are Found In

  • Fast food packaging / food wrappers
  • Water
  • Non-stick cookware
  • Firefighting foam
  • Stain-resistant carpet and fabric

Health Impacts of PFAS​

PFAS remain in the environment and the human body for long periods of time. Reducing exposure to PFAS will lower your risk for health problems. Talk to your healthcare provider about the recommended screening guidelines for these effects, especially if you have high levels of PFAS in your drinking water.

Based on current research, higher exposure to PFAS increases the risk of:

  • Infertility and low birth weight
  • Certain types of cancers
  • Developmental delays
  • Thyroid and heart issues
  • Reduced vaccine response
PFAS Handout

Those At Greater Risk​

  • Infants and young children whose brains and bodies are developing rapidly
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women, or those planning pregnancy

Do NOT drink water with PFAS if you are at greater risk, get water from PFAS-free sources

Reduce Exposure to PFAS from Water Supply

  1. Use City Water
  2. Get a Carbon Water Filter or Home Water Treatment System
  3. Test your water for PFAS if you use a well that is not on City Water

If you are ready to test your well or learn more about connecting to City Water, contact WCHD at 815-720-4100.

Take Steps to Reduce PFAS Exposure

PFAS do not have any taste, color, or odor. The best way to prevent exposure to PFAS is to avoid products and sources that may contain them.

  • Use home water treatment systems or specific water filters that remove PFAS
  • Limit the use of waterproof and stain-resistant products
  • Choose non-stick, PFAS-free cookware

Community Open House for One on One Answers

Come to an open house to speak with representative from multiple agencies one on one who will be onsite to answer your questions.

Representative From:

  • Winnebago County Health Department
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • City of Rockford
  •  Tuesday, March 28, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 29, 9:00am – 11:30am
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4620 20th St., Rockford, IL 61109



Illinois EnvironMental Protection Agency

Resources on PFAS including routes of exposure, how to check bottled water for PFAS, more details of reducing exposure through water and health impacts of PFAS. Also, information on the federal and state regulations regarding PFAS.

Illinois Department of Public Health

Resources including the levels of PFAS, testing and removing PFAS from drinking water.

City of Rockford

Information about the City of Rockford Water and PFAS