PFAS (per-and polyfluoroaklyl substances) are man-made chemicals that are commonly found in items we see every day such as household products, clothes, and food packaging. PFAS were designed to improve consumer products in order to make them more resistant to water, grease, or stains. However, research has demonstrated that these man-made chemicals can cause harm when entered into our bloodstream.
PFAS within Water
PFAS are soluble and dissolve in the same sense that salt would when poured into a glass. This is why they can commonly be found within water that you cook or drink with. Furthermore, industrial facilities tend to discharge wastewater into nearby streams or through wastewater that is typically sent to treatment plants.
Long Term Health Effects
PFAS are unfortunately known as “forever chemicals” because they take over hundreds of years to break down completely. This is primarily why they accumulate and dissolve into what we consume such as food and water. The effects of exposure to PFAS is widespread, but several of the most common health concerns suggest that these chemicals contribute to:
- Kidney Disease
- Increased Cholesterol Levels
- Hormone Deficiency
Additionally, PFAS are just as harmful to animals as they are to humans. Therefore, if your surrounding water contains high levels of PFAS then your pets or livestock are likely to face similar health concerns.
Protection Against PFAS
Water treatment processes are the most efficient and effective way to remove harmful PFAS from drinking water. Chlorination is one of the most common and affordable water disinfection processes. If you happen to be concerned about the potential threat of PFAS within your water supply or community, contact us to find out what we can do to help you maintain your and your family’s safety.