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Park City’s water contaminated with PFAS, or ‘forever chemical’

Mar 11, 2023, 9:37 AM | Updated: Mar 12, 2023, 6:18 pm

Park City's water is contaminated by flouroski wax...

(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

PARK CITY, Utah — Traces of PFAS, or ‘forever chemicals,’ have contaminated Park City, Utah’s water, specifically the aquifer and groundwater wells.

The City Council identified fluorinated ski wax as a probable cause of contamination.

Therefore, Park City Mayor Nann Worel and several organizations, including Summit County Health, Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District, and Recycle Utah are urging residents and winter trail users to participate in the Ski Wax Takeback Program by April 15.

“We are lucky to have high quality, reliable drinking water in Park City,” said Park City Mayor Nann Worel. “I ask everyone to help protect our drinking water by skiing fluoro free and changing out their wax.” 

Residents can drop off their fluoro ski wax for free at Recycle Utah at 1951 Woodbine Way in Park City. 

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