What the New EPA Announcement Means for NC Water
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What the New EPA Announcement Means for NC Water

The EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, just released a new warning on nonstick, stain-resistant compounds found in drinking water. Even at low or undetectable levels, these compounds — like PFOA, PFOS and GenX — have been determined to pose serious health risks. Wondering what this means for your water and what you can do about it? Here’s the info you need. 

What Are PFOA, PFOS and GenX?

PFOA, PFOS and GenX are part of a larger classification of chemicals known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. They’re also termed “forever chemicals,” due to their persistence (they rarely break down because their chemical bonds are so strong). Associated health issues include a greater risk of certain cancers and the potential for reduced birth weight for infants. 

Where Can You Find PFOA, PFOS and GenX?

They can show up in most any household item, including nonstick frying pans, water-repellant sports gear, rugs, firefighting foam, and cosmetics. As a result of their heavy use, they’ve made their way into our environment, including our bodies of water. Due to how slowly they degrade, once we drink them, they can remain in our bloodstreams indefinitely. 

What Are The New PFOA, PFOS and GenX Guidelines?

The 2016 EPA guidelines put PFOA and PFOS health risk thresholds at 70 parts per trillion. However, on June 15, 2022, the EPA issued new, nonbinding health advisories that amended that to near zero. The agency also set a health advisory for GenX chemicals for the first time at 10 parts per trillion. 

As a result of all this, the EPA has invited states and territories to apply for a grant of $1 billion dollars to address their water. Unfortunately, a process of this scope could take years to help turn things around in North Carolina. 

How Do You Get Rid of PFAS like PFOA, PFOS and GenX Now?

Basic filtration systems, like those built into a fridge, cannot effectively deal with contaminants like these. Only reverse osmosis water purification can protect yourself and your family for years to come. 

At Kinetico, our K5 Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Station process has been recognized by the State of North Carolina, the Water Quality Association (WQA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a preferred technology for removing PFAS. 

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