PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are the “forever chemicals” found in nearly half of the tap water in the US.
Are you concerned about the PFAS in your drinking water?
As you might’ve heard, almost half of the tap water in the United States is contaminated with chemicals known as “forever chemicals,” according to a new study from the US Geological Survey. In fact, the number of people drinking contaminated water may be higher than what the study found due to the inability to test for all PFAS chemicals considered dangerous to humans. It is important to note that concentrations were similar between private wells and public water.
PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used in a variety of products for decades. They are persistent in the environment and are known to build up in human tissue over time. PFAS have been linked to a number of health problems, including cancer, liver damage, and decreased fertility. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] issued health advisories that said the chemicals are much more hazardous to human health than scientists originally thought.
What to do about PFAS?
If you are concerned about or have test results indicating high PFAS levels in your drinking water, we strongly recommend a Reverse Osmosis [RO] system. RO is absolutely the most effective way to remove PFAS from water. It works by forcing water through a semipermeable membrane that removes the PFAS molecules.
Traditional water treatment methods are not effective at removing PFAS from drinking water. This is because PFAS are very strongly bonded to water molecules, and they are not easily broken down by chemical reactions. Think you can remove PFAS with your traditional fridge filter, sink attachment, counter system, or pitcher? Think again! For example, the Brita system you’re likely familiar with (and may even currently use) only removes 66% of PFAS.
Tips for identifying PFAS:
- First and foremost — have your water tested! We have the ability to conduct lab-certified PFAS testing. This testing will allow us to check your levels and suggest customized next steps based on your results. Contact HQ to schedule.
- Contact your local water utility company to see if they are testing for PFAS and what treatment methods they are using.
- Ask your water company to provide you with a copy of their PFAS testing results or check EWG’s interactive map of PFAS test results.
- Avoid using products that contain PFAS, such as non-stick cookware and stain-resistant fabrics [and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after coming into contact with PFAS-containing products].
We highly encourage you to reduce your exposure to PFAS and fully remove it from your drinking water when possible.
Contact us to learn more about PFAS, RO systems, water testing, and more. We look forward to ensuring high-quality water for your home and family!