Does your water appear clear and fresh? Don’t be mistaken by assuming it is safe as well! In the world of water, the transparency of the liquid often masks the complexity of its composition. PFAS, a real-life problem, has been affecting the city’s water supply for quite some time.
Also known as ‘forever chemicals, they have been found in numerous water sources throughout the United States and Ann Arbor is no exception.
Let’s explore the issue of PFAS in Ann Arbor’s drinking water and see what we can do to address it!
What is PFAS?
PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been widely used in a variety of industrial and consumer applications. These include non-stick cookware, water-resistant fabrics, and firefighting foams.
Unfortunately, PFAS are non-biodegradable and hence persist in the environment. They have been linked to a range of health problems such as cancer, immune system dysfunction, and developmental delays.
In recent years, PFAS contamination has become a major concern for drinking water supplies across the United States.
In 2018, it was discovered that the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, had elevated levels of PFAS in its drinking water.
However, the city responded quickly to the contamination. The government took immediate steps to reduce exposure to PFAS in Ann Arbor’s drinking water. The city’s water treatment plant was modified to include granular activated carbon filters, which are effective at removing PFAS from water. It also implemented a public education campaign to raise awareness of the issue and provide information on how to reduce exposure to PFAS. The same was replicated for PFAS in Waterford’s drinking water.
Despite these efforts, the contamination of Ann Arbor’s drinking water with PFAS has had far-reaching effects. Many residents have expressed concerns about the long-term health effects of exposure to these chemicals. Also, some have even reported health problems that they believe are linked to the contamination.
Thus, the presence of PFAS in Ann Arbor’s drinking water is a serious concern. It underscores the need for comprehensive strategies to address environmental pollution across Michigan.
During the summer of 2022, the EPA put forth health advisory levels for four PFAS compounds: PFOS (0.020 ng/L), PFOA (0.004 ng/L), GenX (10 ng/L), and PFBS (2,000 ng/L).
These statistics highlight the critical importance of addressing these harmful chemicals in our water supply.
At CGC Water Treatment & Plumbing, we understand the severity of this issue. With years of experience in the industry, we have gained extensive knowledge and expertise in the treatment of PFOA and PFBS from Ann Arbor drinking water.
Our custom-built water filtration systems are specifically designed to treat PFAS contamination, delivering proven results that you can rely on.
We offer a variety of Kinetico water filtration solutions. At the heart of our approach is a multi-step process that is designed to capture and remove PFAS in Waterford’s drinking water. It employs advanced techniques such as activated carbon filtration, ion exchange, and reverse osmosis.
With our water treatment solutions, we wish to ensure that the Ann Arbor community can enjoy safe and clean water for years to come.
So if you have concerns about PFAS contaminants in your water, don’t hesitate to contact us!