Concerns Grow as PFAS Detection Continues in Source Waters
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, also referred to as perfluorinated compounds, continue to pose a challenge to drinking water supplies nationwide. Originally manufactured for use as aqueous film forming foam and nonstick surfacing, PFAS are chained organofluorine compounds that are difficult to treat due to their strong carbon-fluorine bonds that are slow to degrade in the environment and resistant to conventional water treatment processes. As runoff containing PFAS enters drinking water supplies, PFAS pose a threat to public health when they are absorbed and accumulated in the human body. PFAS have been linked to developmental, reproductive, and immune issues in laboratory animals if ingested.