What Are PFAS?
PFAS (per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used in various industries for several decades. They are known for their non-stick, water-resistant, and heat-resistant properties, making them useful in food packaging, clothing, cookware, and firefighting foams.
However, PFAS has become a concern in recent years because they do not break down in the environment and can accumulate in the human body over time. Exposure to high levels of PFAS has been linked to various health problems, including kidney and testicular cancer, thyroid disorders, and immune system damage.
One of the primary sources of PFAS exposure is drinking water. These chemicals can leach into industrial discharge water sources or use PFAS-containing products. In addition, PFAS can also enter water sources through the breakdown of products that contain them, such as firefighting foams.