Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals (EPA).
PFAS are persistent organic pollutants. They do not naturally break-down, but instead accumulate in the environment and in the human body.
The accumulation of these chemicals in the body can lead to adverse health effects including increased cholesterol, infant low birth weight, effects on the immune system, cancer, and thyroid hormone disruption.
PFAS and Airway Heights, Washington
In May 2017, the public water supply of Airway Heights, WA “was found to be impacted by chemicals known as PFOS and PFOA,” according to an article found on KHQ – Q6 News website.
PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) are specific chemical compounds under the broader term PFAS.
PFOS and PFOA chemicals are synthetic compounds that provide a series of benefits for industrial usage. Due to their capacity to deter water and grease, they have been used in a wide range of products.
Where can you find PFAS?
PFAS chemicals are everywhere – including:
– Paper & Packaging
– Rubber & Plastics
– Cleaning Products
– Cookware & Pizza Boxes
– Coatings such as stains, polishes, waxes, & paints
– Firefighting foams (a major source of groundwater contamination at airports and military bases where firefighting training occurs).
What should you do to protect yourself?
Because PFASs are so prevalent in the environment, and because they are a potential health risk, the EPA has found ways to remove PFAS from drinking water. These effective technologies include activated carbon treatment, ion exchange resins, and high-pressure membranes, like nanofiltration or reverse osmosis.
WaterDaddy can help ensure your tap water is clean and safe to drink. For more information about our filtration systems call 509-381-7818.
Or, schedule a FREE in-home water test to see what harmful chemicals are in your water here.
KHQ – Q6 News. City of Airway Heights responds to new CDC report on water chemicals, 26 Jun. 2018, https://www.khq.com/news/city-of-airway-heights-responds-to-new-cdc-report-on/article_0f05f3bc-1de3-558c-8acc-dbe9abb2415a.html. Accessed 21 Oct. 2019.
United States Environmental Protection Agency. Basic Information on PFAS, 6 Dec. 2018, https://www.epa.gov/pfas/basic-information-pfas#health. Accessed 21 Oct. 2019.