The PFOS / PFOA Water Contamination Crisis

The existence of Perfluorinated Chemicals and Perfluorooctanoic Acid in drinking water has increased at an alarming rate. While the origin of water contamination varies, it has turned into a critical issue that can’t be overlooked anymore.

What are PFOS / PFOAs?

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic (PFOS) acid are part of a group of chemicals commonly referred to as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), or perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). PFOA and PFOS are man-made chemicals that, up until 2000, had been widely used in the manufacturing of many industrial and consumer products such as paper and cardboard food packaging, insecticides, electronics, stain repellents, paints, plumbing tape, firefighting foam and non-stick cooking surfaces.

Prior to phasing PFOA and PFOS out of production, large quantities were released into the environment and have been found to have contaminated the drinking water supplies near current or former manufacturing locations. The chemical can linger in water for decades.

FUN FACT: All PFCs that exist around us are man-made. Not a single PFC naturally evolved or grew from the environment.

Potential Health Effects from PFOS and PFOAs

Like lead, bioaccumulation is a large concern for PFOA and PFOS. PFOS and PFOAs are assimilated through the skin and additionally through drinking water. These chemicals can build up in the body over time, so even small but persistent doses can be dangerous. They are carcinogenic and linked with increased risk to at least six major diseases:

  • Diagnosed High Cholesterol
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension

PFOA and PFOS could also be dangerous to pregnant women. Some studies have linked these chemicals to fetal growth problems, including low birth weight, but the science is contested. In general, the effects of PFOA and PFOS are higher for the young, the unborn, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

How to remove PFOS and PFOAs from Your Water

Given the harm and potential danger coming from PFC and PFOS/PFOAs, it is best to provide yourselves with a comprehensive water treatment system that can guarantee you peace of mind. A whole house activated carbon filtration system, combined with a drinking water reverse osmosis system, will provide you and your family with maximum protection.

If you have any questions about PFCs in your water, or if you’d like a water treatment system serviced or installed in your home, contact Coastal Carolina Water (252-491-8333). We are the number one Hague factory trained-dealer in Northeast North Carolina & Hampton Roads, Virginia.

For 19 years, Coastal Carolina Water has been working with homeowners, home builders and businesses throughout North Carolina and Virginia to solve multiple water-related problems. With our 100% water quality guarantee, Coastal Carolina Water will provide the best water available to you and your home or business!