Water Quality Spokespeople
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Not everyone has a voice that is heard. Those of us who do, should use it to protect those who do not. When it comes to water safety, many are at risk - right in our own backyards. PFAS contaminated water has the potential to hurt millions. Vote for representatives who care about water safety. Engage the water safety boards. Spread the message about water safety and water contamination. Here's what you need to know:
The Department of Defense had identified 401 military sites that could be contaminated with the toxic compounds, known as PFAS, as of August 2017. The Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University have mapped at least 712 documented cases of PFAS contamination across 49 states, as of July 2019. That map includes contamination on military bases along with industrial plants, commercial airports and firefighting training sites.
The Environmental Working Group estimates more than 100 million Americans could be drinking tap water contaminated with PFAS.
The Centers for Disease Control recognizes an array of health effects linked to PFAS exposure, such as lowering a woman's chance of getting pregnant, issues with childhood development, and even cancer.
Clearly the PFAS crisis is continuing to build. Many states have yet to begin testing ground water for PFAS and there is no federal regulation in place.
What can we do to protect ourselves and our others?
The first line of defense is a good offense.
Investigate what you buy to see if it contains PFAS chemicals (Here is a list from TIME Magazine).
You may already have products treated with PFAS chemicals, so editing them from your home might be a crucial next step.
Be pro-active with your local water management and safety boards to ensure that PFAS is being tested for. Check out the current status of PFAS monitoring in your state.
Consider installing a water filter system. Bottled water still has PFAS in it. We found a company here in Michigan producing a ceramic type water filter cartridge (Made in the USA) that has been independently verified to remove over 99% of the PFAS chemicals from the sample water. Check them out: Aquacera - Cerametix (Note: Aquacera in no way endorses this article or has supported this website or its author in any way).