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Can “Forever Chemicals” Be Filtered From Water?

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Clinical Contributors to this story:
Kyle Tafuri HUMC

Ridgewood NJ, pouring yourself a glass of tap water may seem like a refreshing choice, but appearances can be deceiving. With growing concerns about “forever chemicals” lurking in drinking water, it’s natural to question its safety. So, what exactly are you exposing yourself to with each sip?

Over 70 million Americans rely on water systems where levels of toxic “forever chemicals,” known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), have been detected. These human-made compounds pose serious health risks, including cancer, immune system issues, infertility, and developmental problems in children. What’s worse, PFAS are persistent and don’t break down, accumulating in the body over time.

These chemicals have pervaded various industries for decades, showing up not only in drinking water but also in food, nonstick cookware, firefighting foam, and stain-resistant items. They seep into soil and groundwater, eventually finding their way into our taps. Industrial discharges and wastewater treatment plants also contribute to PFAS contamination of water bodies.

Recent estimates indicate that nearly half of the nation’s tap water contains harmful chemicals. Consumer Reports’ tests revealed PFAS presence in 117 out of 120 water samples nationwide, with many exceeding acceptable levels. Pediatricians like Lawrence Rosen express grave concerns about PFAS’s impact on children’s health, advocating for primary prevention strategies to minimize exposure.

While you can’t control PFAS leaching into water sources, you can safeguard your drinking water:

Option A: Filtration Systems Invest in certified water filters designed to remove PFAS, such as activated carbon filters or reverse osmosis systems. Look for products certified by organizations like NSF International or the Water Quality Association.

Option B: PFAS-Free Bottled Water Choose bottled water labeled as PFAS-free or sourced from areas with low contamination. Verify water sources and filtration processes through manufacturer information or certifications.

Ultimately, being proactive about water safety is crucial for your well-being. Invest in certified filtration systems or opt for PFAS-free bottled water to mitigate health risks. Stay informed using credible resources like Consumer Reports’ Guide to Better, Safer Drinking Water, and prioritize your health by making informed choices about what you drink.

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4 thoughts on “Can “Forever Chemicals” Be Filtered From Water?

  1. Some people are taking in more PFAS through the skin than they are through the mouth: sunscreen, insect repellent, soap, deoderant, astro turf…

    1. Also, a major one (I hope), showering.

  2. With all this worrying about PFAS in your water, did you ever look at a list of all the products that contain PFAS’s? Most food wrapping contains PFAS.

    1. PFAS Paulie says PFAS is in everything and continues to promote the use of artificial turf on local fields at the same time Ridgewood Water has sued Major companies like 3M, Dupont through a multi million dollar lawsuit to get monies to fix Ridgewood water and get those toxic forever chemicals into Ridgewood’s municipal water supply that serves residents across Ridgewood, Wyckoff, Midland Park, and Glen Rock.

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