'Forever Chemicals' Found in US Drinking Water

January 31, 2020

Recently reported by major media outlets, man-made chemical water contamination is “far worse than previously estimated” and may be linked to some cancers, liver damage, and other serious health concerns.

What are ‘Forever Chemicals’?

‘Forever chemicals’ man-made chemicals include PFOA, PFOS, GenX (plus many other chemicals) and are known as perfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS. These chemicals get their name for being persistent, resistant to breaking down in the environment and in our bodies.PFAS are introduced to water in water facilities but are also most commonly found in a wide range of consumer products like:

  • Packaged processed food
  • Commercial household cleaning products
  • Some living organisms like fish and animals

Testing US Water

In a recent study by the Environmental Working Group, tap water samples were taken from 44 sites in 31 states and only 1 reported no detectable PFAS. On average, 6 to 7 PFAS compounds were found in these samples, revealing that more often than not, the general public is exposed to contaminated water with a mixture of these chemicals. PFAS’ highest levels were recently found in Miami, Philadelphia, and New Orleans.EWG Senior scientist, David Andrews says, “It’s nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals.” It’s possible that even small amounts of PFAS can be detrimental to our health.What steps can we take to feel safe about our drinking water?

It's nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals.

Taking Water Safety Precautions

Ensure you’re doing the most to provide safe drinking water for yourself and your family. Using additional products like water softeners and filters can help improve the quality of water in your household. Jason’s Water Systems understands the seriousness of contaminated water and offers the best water systems in the nation to help consumers like you enjoy healthy drinking water.Are you interested in a water system? We can help!

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Sources:
’Forever chemicals’ in Orange County drinking water to force widespread well closuresUS drinking water widely contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’: ReportBasic Information on PFAS