PFOA and PFOS were perhaps the most widely used chemicals in the world, yet unfamiliar to most consumers. Perfluoro-octanoic (PFOA) acid and perfluoro-octane sulfonate (PFOS) are synthetic chemicals commonly used in various industries for their heat resistant and stain repellant properties. They were used in the manufacturing of furniture, cosmetics, food containers, and millions of other products. If you have ever ordered a box of pizza, cooked with a non-stick pan, or drank bottled water, you may have been exposed to PFOA/PFOS.
PFOS and PFOA were phased out in 2002 and 2015, respectively, but they are still present in the environment and will likely remain in the environment for many years to come.
PFOA and PFOS are suspected carcinogens that can have adverse health effects on humans and the environment. PFOAs were coined “forever chemicals” because they don’t breakdown easily and remain in the human body and the environment for years. Epidemiological studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have shown that exposure to higher levels of PFOA/PFOS had adverse health effects on laboratory animals, including birth defects, liver damage, and cancer. Some recent international studies have also linked PFOA/PFOS exposure to fertility problems, developmental problems in children, and an increased risk of breast cancer. The EPA issued a health advisory to limit exposure to PFOA and PFOS chemicals in drinking water to 70 parts per trillion.
PFOA and PFOS were released into the air, water, and soil during the manufacturing process and have been detected in surface water, landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and sediment near manufacturing and industrial facilities throughout the U.S. Since these synthetic chemicals degrade very slowly, they are persistent in the environment and can leach into the groundwater. Homes and businesses in communities where manufacturing and industrial facilities exist may have PFOA/PFOS in the water.
A water test can determine the existence and levels of PFOA/PFOS in your water. If PFOA/PFOS is found in your water, we have water filtration systems that remove PFOA/PFOS and other chemicals from your water.
Life is better with clean, clear, and healthy water from Atlantic Coast Water Clinic. We install high-quality water filtration and purification systems that safely and reliably remove PFOA and PFOS chemicals in the water in homes and businesses along the Treasure Coast, including Indiantown, Ft. Pierce, Stuart, Lakewood Park, Vero Beach, and communities throughout Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties. Contact a professional, trained water specialist today!
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