What Should You Know About PFAS In Drinking Water?

PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are chemical compounds found in drinking water. These chemicals can be found in items including cosmetics, detergents, grease trap cleaners, firefighting foams, and a number of other things.

PFAS has been found to have the potential to cause cancer; however, this is yet to be proven by scientific research.PFAS are also extremely harmful to the environment and can contaminate water supplies.

There is growing concern about the PFAS in consumable water, and at this point in time, we are not so much aware of their potential risks. Here are some things you should know:

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  •  PFAS have been found in drinking water across the United States.

  •  There is no safe level of exposure to PFAS.

  •  The EPA has not yet fully tested all possible health effects of long-term exposure to place.

  •  There is a risk that long-term exposure could lead to cancer.

  •  There is also a risk that long-term exposure could damage the environment.

How does PFAS get into drinking water?

There are a number of ways that PFAS can get into drinking water. 

Air: PFAS can be released from factories and other businesses, or they can be released when the air is contaminated with these chemicals. 

Soil: PFAS can be released when soil is contaminated with these chemicals. 

Groundwater: Wells can become contaminated with these chemicals when they’re used to extract water.