The Fontus Guide to Perfluoroalkyls: PFOA, PFOS in Maine Water
PFAS? PFOA? PFOS? If you’re like most people, you probably have no idea what those acronyms stand for. Or why PFAS are cause for concern if they get into your drinking water. We’ll explain PFAS, the concerns, and what you should do if they appear in your water supply.
The umbrella term: PFAS
PFAS stands for over 6,000 per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemical substances found in more than 5,000 products. PFAS are all man-made and contain linked chains of carbon and fluorine. For example, PFAS can be found in things like nonstick pans, carpets, and waterproof clothing. As well as sunscreen, shampoo, shaving cream, and firefighting foam. The problem with PFAS chemicals is they don’t break down easily. And therefore, remain in our bodies and environment for years. Studies have linked PFAS to certain cancers and endocrine disruption in humans.
The problem with PFOA & PFOS
The most widely known polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS) chemicals are PFOA and PFOS. They’re non-stick, waterproof, and grease-proof chemicals used in a variety of home products. They’re also stable and persistent in the environment, bioaccumulative, toxic at low concentrations. Above all, PFOAS and PFAS easily get into groundwater. Products with PFAS chemicals aren’t made in the United States any longer. Manufacturers started voluntarily phasing them out in the early-2000s. However, manufacturers from other countries still produce PFOAS and PFOS and ship products made with them into the U.S.
Subsequently, the EPA estimates that drinking water accounts for about 20% of a person’s exposure. In May 2016, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a drinking water Health Advisory for PFOA and PFOS. In short, the EPA recommends taking action to reduce exposure to the PFAS chemicals. If they can be measured in drinking water at a level above 0.07 micrograms per liter (µg/L) (or 70 parts per trillion (ppt)), it’s time to act.
PFAS in Maine
PFAS are found throughout the country, and Maine is not exempt. A 2019 report released by the Maine CDC shows that about half of the public water supplies tested (7 of 12) contained PFAS. As a result of the concern over PFAS, Maine formed a task force in 2019 to:
- identify the extent of PFAS exposure in Maine
- examine the risks of PFAS to Maine residents and the environment
- recommend State approaches to most effectively address this risk
What can you do about Perfluoroalkyls: PFOA, PFOS in Maine Water?
PFAS has been linked to cancer and endocrine disruption in humans. So, your first step in protecting your family is to test your drinking water. Most importantly, if PFAS are found, they can be filtered out of your water supply.
How Fontus Can Help
The Fontus experts will provide a free immediate-response water test onsite. We will also correctly collect the state-certified approved samples needed for a PFAS test for you. Then we send them to a state-certified Maine Lab for a water test. This test will be an additional charge determined by the lab and paid to the lab.
What is a free immediate-response water test?
Fontus can perform a water test onsite for immediate results. This test allows us to determine if iron, manganese, hardness, total dissolved solids (TDS), pH, alkalinity, salinity, copper present in your water. Before we leave, you’ll have your questions answered. And most importantly, a plan in hand to make sure your water is clean and pure.
In short, taking control of your water supply is easy. Schedule your free immediate-response water test today. Call (207) 856-0066 or email [email protected] to speak with the water treatment specialists at Fontus Water Treatment.
You Can Trust Fontus Water Treatment To Stay by Your Side
At Fontus, we’re passionate about water purity. We pride ourselves on being reliable, hassle-free, and always available. For example, as the environment and your water change, we’re here to help evaluate your water through testing, installation, and maintenance. Above all, you can trust Fontus to ensure clean, pure water for your home or office.
The Fontus Triple Test Promise
We want all our customers to feel 100% satisfied with our systems, so we’ve created the Fontus Triple Test Promise.
We’ll test your home or business water supply for aesthetic issues, including hardness, iron, pH, etc. using an immediate-response test and make sure you understand all findings.
If needed, we’ll also send a water sample to the Maine State Certified Laboratory to confirm any findings and test for bacteria, viruses, and hazardous chemicals.
After your new system is in place, we’ll test your water supply again to make sure your problem is solved. It’s our way of helping you feel confident that your drinking water is safe and clean.