Alarming Report on PFAS in Tap Water Supply

Alarming Report on PFAS in Tap Water Supply

A new study discovered the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in nearly half of all tap water throughout the United States. With their widespread use and persistence in the environment, PFAS have garnered attention due to their adverse health effects and potential long-term consequences. PFAS in the tap water supply raises pressing concerns about the quality and safety of drinking water in the U.S.   

The Insidious Impact of PFAS  

For decades, companies have used PFAS in numerous consumer goods, including waterproof clothing, non-stick cookware, and food packaging. While PFAS are popular additions to products we use every day, their primary use lies in firefighting foam. Manufacturers utilize PFAS in firefighting foam due to their unique ability to form a film on the surface of flammable liquid fires, effectively smothering the fire and preventing its reignition. However, spraying firefighting foam ladened with PFAS can introduce these hazardous chemicals into waterways.  

What makes PFAS particularly worrisome is their persistent nature. Once released into the environment, these chemicals linger for years, accumulating in water and food sources. Humans may be unknowingly ingesting PFAS daily. Studies have linked PFAS exposure to a range of adverse health outcomes, including cancer, liver damage, thyroid disease, reproductive issues, and other health risks. 

New Study Uncovers PFAS in Tap Water Supply 

A groundbreaking study published in the journal Environmental International has revealed a startling revelation about PFAS in tap water in the U.S. The study indicates PFAS are present in almost half of the tap water consumed across the nation.  

Researchers conducted a comprehensive study involving the testing of 716 tap water samples collected during 2016-2021 from various locations across the United States. This extensive sampling effort assessed the presence and extent of PFAS contamination in our drinking water. The study aimed to compare PFAS levels in unregulated private wells and regulated public water supplies. Of the 716 water sources tested, 269 were private wells, while 447 were public sources.   

The study revealed alarming results regarding the detection of PFAS chemicals in the tested samples. Notably, the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS), and perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA) was observed. The study noted that at least one PFAS is detected in about 45% of U.S. drinking water samples on average.  

The findings also cautioned that PFAS contamination can vary depending on location, with PFAS contamination more prevalent in urban areas. 

These findings serve as a wake-up call, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive actions to address the sources of PFAS contamination and implement effective treatment strategies to safeguard our drinking water supplies. 

PFAS Contamination and Firefighting Foam Lawsuits 

States and cities have joined the fight against firefighting foam manufacturers. They are filing lawsuits to seek justice for the PFAS contamination of their water supplies. These firefighting foam lawsuits represent a collective effort to hold manufacturers accountable on a larger scale and recover the costs associated with water treatment and mitigation measures.  

Moreover, individuals who have suffered health issues due to PFAS exposure are pursuing their own claims against manufacturers. These personal injury claims seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages.  

The Lake Law Firm represents individuals harmed by PFAS in firefighting foam. If you developed cancer due to exposure to firefighting foam, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact us today at (888) 525-3529 to find out if you qualify for a claim.