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PFAS In Drinking Water: Everything You Need To Know About

Imagine the artificial chemicals in your drinking water. Resistant to heat, oil, and stains. They can also survive for years and live in your water and attack your health. And the worst thing is that we haven't studied this chemical enough, but the reality is that many people may suffer from certain diseases because of this chemical.

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These chemicals are called PFAS. PFAS is a chemical found in drinking water in 49 states.

Many household drinking water filters fail to totally remove PFAS -

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What are PFAS chemicals?

PFAS or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl are man-made chemicals that were created in the 1930s.

These chemicals have carbon and fluorine chains. Because of this chain, they don't break easily. They linger in the human body and the environment for a long time. That's why they are also known as "forever chemicals". 

Where did PFAS come from?

PFAS originated in the 1930s as a means of repelling oil, grease, and water. Teflon, for example, is the chemical used to repel these things. They are also found in the refractory lining of furniture and carpets. Other items that contain PFAS are:

  • Paper food packaging
  • Stain-resistant carpet
  • Waterproof clothes
  • dental floss
  • Plate

PFAS are produced decades before health risks arise. Since the early 2000s, American companies have avoided using PFAS in their products.

But the chemicals are here forever, even today.

How do PFAS chemicals get into drinking water?

Many industries have been producing PFAS for their products for years. Some of these industries are:

  • military base
  • shoe company
  • clothing manufacturer
  • fire fighting system
  • Cookware Company

PFAS enters drinking water through pollution, chemical runoff, and landfills. For example, when PFAS food packaging is damaged, the chemicals leak into groundwater.