Drinking Water Health Advisory for PFOA and PFOS

Drinking Water Health Advisory for PFOA and PFOS

Man-made chemicals Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, also known as C8) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) were commonly used in the manufacturing process years ago, but have been phased out due to potential health risks.  PFOA has been linked to many diseases, including thyroid disease, high cholesterol, and some cancers.  However, these compounds still persist in many drinking water supplies because of the strong carbon-fluorine bond.  

In response to these chemicals being identified in many regional water supplies, USEPA has issued a new health advisory to address these potentially harmful chemicals .  The agency “issued a lifetime drinking water health advisory of 70 parts per trillion for human exposure to the manmade chemical,” per Albany’s Times Union.

To read more about contamination guidelines visit Water Online’s Drinking Water Contaminant Removal Solutions Center.

If you would like to discuss this issue, please contact:

Rick Shoyer