Clean water is a concern for everyone around the globe, including families here in the U.S. One major contaminant that has become a problem for the water industry is PFAS – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – which have been linked to cancer and other health concerns. PureBlue H2O is here to help you stay informed and stay healthy with high-quality home water filtration systems. Keep reading to learn more, and order the equipment you need to stay healthy from PureBlue today.
PFAS is a category that describes a group of man-made chemicals. PFOA and PFOS are the most common among these chemicals to be found and studied. These chemicals have been used since the 1940s, but because of an EPA phase-out program, they are no longer manufactured in the U.S. However, they are still produced internationally and can be imported through consumer goods.
Because PFAS are resistant to oil, water, and grease, and they can be used in a number of different ways, they are found in products across industries. Common products made with PFAS include stain-resistant fibers, cleaning products, plastics and rubber, fire-fighting foams, and non-stick cookware.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reassures the public that exposure to PFAS through consumer goods is unlikely, since the chemicals are often bonded to the materials in question. The most likely way you may be exposed to PFAS is through contaminated drinking water or through food grown with contaminated soil or water. The FDA is currently testing the general food supply for PFAS, but the organization does not consider it a significant threat.
When it comes to contaminated drinking water, on the other hand, there have been several cases of here in the U.S., typically in areas local to a facility where PFAS is produced or used. You can reference the Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisories regarding PFOA and PFOS to learn more. Keep in mind that if your drinking water is contaminated, ordinary water pitcher filters are not enough to effectively remove – or even reduce – the levels of PFAS in your drinking water.
One important thing to know about these chemicals is that they are persistent — a term that means they don’t break down easily. If you are exposed, these chemicals can remain in your body for a long period and accumulate over time to reach a point of toxicity.
Effects of PFAS
What happens if you are exposed to toxic levels of PFAS? These chemicals have been linked to a number of health concerns. Lab animals exposed to these substances grew tumors and experienced reproductive and developmental problems, as well as liver, kidney, and immunological effects.
In humans, there is evidence that PFAS leads to increased cholesterol levels. There have also been studies that link the chemicals to:
- Affected immunity
- Low birth weights in infants
- Thyroid hormone disruption
How to Address PFAS
Home water filtration can offer you peace of mind when facing possible chemical contamination, but only if you choose the right system. Ordinary water filters simply don’t do enough to clean your water. Instead, look for products certified by the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation).
Single-Stage Water Filtration
Are you looking for a simple solution to your water contamination concerns? Try PureBlue H2O’s Direct Connect system. This single-stage home water filtration system attaches directly to the cold water line under your sink and can not only reduce the levels of PFAS in your water, but also contaminants including lead, chlorine, asbestos, mercury, pharmaceuticals, and more. Installation is simple and you can find the six-month filter replacements you need here at PureBlue H2O.
Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration
If you want the gold standard for home water filtration, then it’s worth the upgrade to invest in a reverse osmosis water filter system. Some can cost thousands of dollars and require professional installation, but PureBlue H2O’s Four-Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System is not only affordable, but it’s also simple to use and install. You can enjoy better-than-bottled water quality at home with our multi-stage under-sink system, which filters everything from sediment and chlorine taste and odor to PFAS, Giardia, and more. To get started, place your order and visit our Help Center for more information on how to properly install, use, and maintain your system.
Invest in Better Water at Home
You don’t have to worry about PFAS contamination when you order a home water filtration system from PureBlue H2O. Our products provide high water quality without high prices or complex installation needs. In addition, you can always find replacement filters, new parts, answers to frequently asked questions, and even tutorials on how to install and care for any of the products you order here on our site. See what we have to offer, and place your order today to enjoy peace of mind.