Connecting Communities

Communities across the U.S. are responding to the PFAS contamination crisis by organizing and advocating for safe drinking water. This map shows sites with known contamination and where organizations are working for stronger health and environmental protections. Plug into a group working in your community, form a new group, or connect with others facing similar challenges.

Connecting Communities > United States > Washington

Is there a PFAS contamination site near you? Use our interactive map to find out.

  • Each red dot represents a site contaminated with PFAS.
  • Click on a dot to learn more about the site.
  • Click on a state to get information about all sites as well as community groups, health studies, and resources available in that state.

* This map focuses on sites where PFAS have been detected in the environment (groundwater, soil, and surface water), or in drinking water where the contamination is linked to a specific source and not merely the result of testing a water supply system.

Connect with Washington

PFAS Contamination Site

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at the Northeastern University.

Washington Contamination Areas

  1. Fairchild Air Force Base
    Firefighting foam used at Fairchild Air Force Base
    Location  Airway Heights, Washington
    Date  2017
    Community response  Airway Height Water Crisis Community Service group page created on Facebook in immediate response; inactive since Jan 2018, 46 members. Community water contamination forum held by Spokane Riverkeeper April 2019 with regional ATSDR rep and other experts (Sokol 2019) (Gonzaga Law Service 2019). No other types of organization known. "I think everyone would feel better if we had a completely clean source of water,"-Kevin Anderson, resident (Elder 2019)
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Air Force Base

  2. Issaquah
    Firefighting foam used at Eastside Fire Rescue
    Location  Issaquah, Washington
    Date  2016
    Community response  None. City was the discovering entity; took steps immediately.
    PFAS contamination source  Fire Station; Tanker crash site

  3. Joint Base Lewis-McChord
    Firefighting foam Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)
    Location  Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
    Date  2017
    Community response  None, Military took wells above the LHA offline before releasing information to public
    PFAS contamination source  Military - Joint Base

  4. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
    Firefighting foam used at Base
    Location  Whidbey Island, Washington
    Date  2016
    PFAS contamination source  Military-Naval Base

If you know about a contamination site in your state that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates about your state!

Washington Community Groups

  1. Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve
    Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, is a non-profit group on Whidbey Island, WA. It is our goal to relocate Growler Jet flight carrier landing practice operations to an environmentally suitable and welcoming location. Our mission is to protect the health and welfare of the inhabitants of the region, including the marine, migratory and endangered species, and to preserve Whidbey Island and the historic northwest communities being threatened by military jet training flights.
    Location  Whidbey Island

​​​​​​If you are involved in a community organization working on PFAS and you don’t see your group listed, click here to have your group added to this page. 

If there are no community groups in your state, try contacting the National PFAS Contamination Coalitiona network of community groups working to address PFAS contamination across the country. You can also contact a coalition member near you to learn more and get involved.

Washington PFAS Exposure and Health Studies

  1. ATSDR PFAS Exposure Assessment in Spokane County, WA
    Location  Spokane County
    Status  Ongoing
    Date  2019
    Type of study  Exposure assessment
    Study conducted by  Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
    PFAS contamination source  Fairchild Air Force Base

Some states have conducted their own blood testing to understand people's exposure to PFAS in areas with contaminated drinking water. In the fall of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry launched a national health study on PFAS involving multiple communities across the country.

Do you know about a health study in your state that is not listed here? Fill out this form to have it added!

Wondering if a health study is right for your community? Boston University’s Department of Environmental Health has a guide for making informed decisions.

What should you do if you happen to live or work near a PFAS contamination site?

  • Ask your local water supplier if they have tested the drinking water for PFAS and how they have reported (or failed to report) the results to the public.
  • If you have a private well, get your water tested. See our drinking water fact sheet to learn how.
  • Being close to a contamination site does not necessarily mean your drinking water is also contaminated. If you have questions or concerns, contact your state environmental or health department. Also see our list of resources for more information.

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at Northeastern University. The tracker records qualitative and quantitative data from each known site of PFAS contamination, including a timeline of discovery, sources, levels, health impacts, and community and government responses. All data presented in the map were extracted from government websites, news articles, or publicly available documents, and are cited in the tracker.

If you know about a contamination site that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates!

The Environmental Working Group also maintains a map of PFAS contamination in the US. This map includes additional locations where PFAS were found in drinking water but the point source of contamination is unknown.