A: The EPA defines PFAS as :“Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that includes PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals.” [source] These are industrial use chemicals that can be found in many common household products and general work environments.
A: PFAS, or “PFCs” as the Center for Disease Control has noted, are chemicals used in the industrial or commercial processes, such as in automotive facilities or are in everyday household items that we use everyday. These include many products that are stain-resistant, waterproof or non-stick,’’ [source]
A: PFAS can be exposed to you in a number of ways. For example, the groundwater that your produce is grown could be containates with PFAS. Exposures to PFASs often come through food, consumer goods or air, but water plays an important role because PFASs are highly soluble, and can’t be removed by standard wastewater treatment methods. PFAS are even found in most firefighting relief efforts. [source]
A: For every state that has been tested, most of them have set standards for their version of the safest level of contaminant. In Michigan, for example, the state has adopted the Environmental Protection Agency’s national standard for drinking water contaimnated by PFAS. The EPA has set a lifetime health advisory (LTHA) level for two PFAS in drinking water: 70 parts per trillion (ppt) [source] for PFOA and PFOS combined.
A: PFAS had been used in the industrial atmosphere in the United States since the 1940’s. Needless to say, the contaminant is very prevalent in Michigan groundwater, soil and water. Health effects include: low birth weights in infants, increasing cholesterol levels, fertilization issues in women, and increased risks of certain cancers. [source]
A: The EPA, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality offer solutions to successfully remove the PFAS contaminants from your water. Equipment such as Activated Carbon Filters and High Pressure Membranes, can help relieve the worry of the “zombie drug” [source], PFAS from your home.
A: Water Treatment Systems such as a Wolverine Water Blue Line Water Treatment System with Whole House Filters to filter and contain PFAS, along with a Wolverine Water Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline filtration, would treat your water to a undetectable quantity of PFAS contamination. Schedule a Free Water Test today to alleviate the stress of PFAS in your home.