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The Dangers of PFAS in Your Drinking Water

Does BOROUX Filter PFAS?

Yes, BOROUX filters PFAS to less than 0.01 ug/L. See the test results!

What are PFAS?

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) represent a class of synthetic chemicals renowned for their water and stain-resistant properties. PFAS, such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), are commonly found in a myriad of consumer products like non-stick cookware, water-repellent fabrics, food packaging, and firefighting foam. However, their pervasive use has led to contamination of water sources, including tap water, posing potential health risks to humans.

Why should PFAS be filtered?

The importance of filtering PFAS from water lies in the well-established scientific connections between PFAS exposure and a spectrum of health issues. Exposure to PFAS has been scientifically linked to a range of health concerns, including but not confined to developmental issues, reproductive problems, liver damage, immune system disruption, and an elevated risk of specific types of cancers. Given the enduring presence of PFAS in both the environment and the human body, mitigating exposure to these harmful substances is of utmost significance to protect public well-being.

Health Risks

  • Developmental Issues: PFAS exposure can impair normal development, particularly in fetuses and infants, potentially leading to developmental delays, behavioral problems, and learning disorders.
  • Reproductive Problems: Exposure to PFAS has been linked to reproductive health issues, such as reduced fertility, altered menstrual cycles, and complications during pregnancy.
  • Liver Damage: PFAS can adversely affect the liver, causing hepatotoxicity, liver inflammation, and potentially leading to severe liver diseases, including liver cancer and cirrhosis.
  • Immune System Disruption: PFAS exposure may weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections and illnesses, and potentially leading to autoimmune disorders.
  • Increased Risk of Certain Cancers: Prolonged exposure to PFAS is associated with an elevated risk of specific types of cancers, including testicular, kidney, pancreatic, and some forms of breast and prostate cancers.

Presence of PFAS in drinking water:

PFAS are fluorinated organic compounds characterized by strong carbon-fluorine bonds, making them highly resistant to degradation. These chemicals are introduced into tap water primarily through industrial discharge, improper disposal of consumer products, and the use of firefighting foams in emergency situations. Additionally, PFAS can infiltrate groundwater from landfills where consumer goods containing PFAS are discarded.

How does BOROUX filter PFAS?

BOROUX specializes in water filtration products aimed at reducing the presence of chemical contaminants in drinking water. Our filters are made of activated carbon, due to its porous structure and high surface area. Activated carbon adsorption works by attracting and trapping PFAS, preventing them from passing through the filter and entering the drinking water supply. As water flows through the filter contaminants are adsorbed onto the surface of the carbon block. As water passes through the filter, molecules become trapped within its pores. This process dramatically reduces PFAS from the water, significantly improving its quality.

In summary, Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are concerning pollutants prevalent in tap water, stemming from industrial discharge, consumer products, and firefighting foam. Exposure to PFAS poses potential health risks, making water filtration essential. BOROUX filters, employing activated carbon technology, have proven effective in capturing PFAS, among other contaminants, offering a viable solution to mitigate health risks associated with PFAS in tap water. Investing in quality water filtration systems like those provided by BOROUX contributes to safeguarding public wellness and promoting a safer living environment.

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