Is Your Water Safe From PFAS Contamination?

PFAS, the acronym for the toxic chemical in question, has been known to harm wildlife and wildlife is just one of the many ways that PFAS affects people. Not just wildlife but human life as well! Learn more today about how your water is affected by PFAS contamination and how it can exacerbate your health problems as well as those of other animals and humans.

What is PFAS?

PFAS is a group of chemicals linked to health concerns including cancer, developmental issues, and liver problems. PFASs can be found in many products today, from flooring to furniture to food packaging. In recent years, the use of PFASs has risen as manufacturers looked for new, more environmentally-friendly alternatives to traditional plastics. However, this new generation of PFASs has been associated with serious health concerns. There are a lot of health concerns with PFASs. Some research suggests that they can promote cancer development and spread. They’ve also been linked to developmental issues like poor vision and learning disabilities. And surprisingly enough, PFASs have also been linked to liver problems like cirrhosis and liver cancer. 

Contamination of PFAS in Drinking Water

PFAS are a group of chemicals that have been found in multiple drinking water sources around the country. The EPA has identified several kinds of PFAS as possible human carcinogens and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stated that exposure to these chemicals is likely to cause health effects. So, what is happening with PFAS in drinking water?

There is currently no safe level of exposure to PFAS for humans, and the higher levels of contamination seen in many water supplies suggests that people may be overexposed. Despite this, there have been no nationwide restrictions on the use of PFAS in consumer products or industrial processes.

While the particles themselves are not easily absorbed by the body, traces of these chemicals can still end up in food and drink. This is because PFAS are persistent and tend to accumulate in the environment over time. In addition, water sources that are contaminated with these chemicals may also contain other pollutants that can contribute to health problems like pfas cancer. In order to minimize your risk of exposure to PFAS, use filtered or bottled water whenever possible, avoid eating food from unlabeled containers, and avoid practicing any kind of outdoor activity where you could come in contact with contaminated water. If you suspect you’ve been exposed to harmful levels of PFAS and want to test for it, we recommend you contact your primary care provider. 

Risk Of Developing Cancer From PFAS In The Drinking Water

There is a growing fear that exposure to PFA toxins like PFOS and PFOA can lead to diseases such as lung cancer, thyroid disease, and testicular cancer. One study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found elevated levels of PFAS in 91% of people living near sites where these toxins were released. The EPA has set a safe drinking water limit for PFOA at 5 parts per trillion, but thesafe limit for PFOS is unknown.

The good news is that there are ways to reduce your risk of developing these diseases, including properly storing food and drinking water, and avoiding contact with contaminated surfaces. However, if you do develop a disease due to PFAS exposure, there is no guarantee that it can be reversed or cured.

Guidelines For Safe Water Sources

If you’re concerned about PFAS contamination in your water, here are some guidelines to help you safely get water from sources that may be affected.

First and foremost, always assume your water is contaminated until you have proof to the contrary. Check the EPA’s drinking water resources page for more information on what to look for and what to do if you suspect contamination.

If you live in a jurisdiction that has completed a public health assessment (PHA) of PFAS contamination, then you may be able to access safe tap water using the recommendations in that PHA. These recommendations vary by state and can be found on the state governments’ websites or through contacts within those states.

If you do not live in a jurisdiction with a completed PHA, or if you cannot access safe tap water using the recommendations from your local or state government, then consider one of the following options:

Use bottled or filtered water exclusively for cooking, drinking, bathing, and washing dishes. Drink unfiltered or unpasteurized dairy products and cryovac-packaged foods if available. Avoid eating meat or fish from animals raised in areas with high levels of PFAS contamination. If you must eat food from animals raised in areas with high levels of PFAS contamination, choose meat or fish from the lowest-contaminated animals (no choice is completely free of harm). Use bottled drinking water or distilled water for preparation, washing, and food preparation. Avoid foods and beverages that require boiling, as this increases the amount of PFAS potentially released by heating. 

Conclusion: Is Your Water Safe?

It seems that nearly everyone is talking about PFASs and their potential to contaminate water supplies. In this blog, we will summarize what we know about PFASs and their impact on water systems, and provide some recommendations for keeping your water safe.