PFAS Water FiltraTion
What Are PFAS?Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are better known as “Forever Chemicals.” This group of synthetic chemicals is used to manufacture products that resist water, grease, oil, stains, and heat. This means that forever chemicals are designed to not break down or degrade easily in the environment or in our bodies.
How are people exposed to PFAS?Over 200 million Americans drink water laced with these forever chemicals. Whether we know it or not, these chemicals have silently slipped into most of our groundwater and drinking water sources. In addition, many products you come into contact with contain PFAS: nonstick pans, grease resistant fast food wrapping and containers, rain jackets, umbrellas and cleaning products.
What are some of the effects of PFAS exposure?
- Reproductive and Developmental Issues
- Cancer: Testicular, Kidney, Ovarian, Childhood Leukemia and Prostate Cancer
- Immune Function: Reduces the body’s ability to fight off bacterial invasion and respond to allergic reactions
- Thyroid and Hormone Imbalance
- Other Effects: Liver damage, increase cholesterol levels, and increased uric acid, a marker for heart disease
White House Proposes First Ever National Standard
In March 2023 the White House in conjunction with the EPA acknowledged the dangers of Forever Chemicals in drinking water and began to take steps to propose a national standard to protect consumers against PFAS.