What are the most common PFAS in drinking water?

The most common “forever chemicals” in drinking water are PFOA and PFOS, which are also the most harmful, as exposure has a strong association with kidney, prostate, liver, and bladder cancer, among other serious diseases.

Over 200 million people, the majority of Americans, have tap water contaminated with PFOA and PFOS

There are over 600 PFAS currently used across the country in numerous products, including cosmetics, firefighting foam, cookware, and even dental floss. Still, the most common “forever chemicals” are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). Because of their widespread use, release, and disposal over the past decades, these chemicals show up virtually everywhere, particularly in drinking water. The following are only some of the adverse health effects of exposure to PFOA and PFOS:

  • higher cholesterol
  • changes to liver function
  • reduced immune response
  • thyroid disease
  • kidney cancer
  • testicular cancer
  • liver damage
  • fertility issues

The current acceptable PFOA and PFOS level in drinking water is 4 ppt. Nevertheless, because these chemicals are so toxic and carcinogenic, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new safe exposure limits – 0,004 for PFOA and 0,02 for PFOS. These new levels are as close to zero as possible and are still to be enforced. Not only do “forever chemicals” accumulate in the environment, but also in the human body, where they can cause awful diseases over the years. PFOA levels decline in blood naturally by about half every 2 to 4 years, assuming there is no additional exposure. However, for most Americans, there will be further exposure, considering how prevalent PFAS have become.

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