We hear a lot about things like arsenic and lead in the water supply. But, in communities across the country, there’s an even more prevalent contaminant: PFAs. Short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoralykyl, PFAs have been around since the 1940s to make products resistant to grease, water, and stains. But now, the durable chemicals are showing up in the water supply. According to a recent article in Fortune, this is a huge concern.
PFAs are toxic to humans. They’re known to cause liver damage, high cholesterol, low birth rates, chronic kidney disease, and more. As Fortune reports, it takes 2 to 9 years for concentrations of this chemical to dissipate by half in the human body. According to a study in Environmental Research, 6 million Americans drink water with PFAs above Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations.
The EPA has recently been conducting community information sessions in some of the most affected areas in the country: Colorado, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and North Carolina.
If you’d like to check what’s happening with your community, you are encouraged to research the Consumer Confidence Report. If you want to ensure that every faucet in your home delivers safe and chemical-free water, consider investing in a water filtration system. Too often, we learn about water issues once there is documentation of contamination. That can be too late. Protect yourself, protect your family, and protect your health. King Water Filtration systems can help ensure your drinking water is PFA free.