According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Northeastern University, millions of Americans are unknowingly drinking contaminated and potentially dangerous water each day. The study was conducted as the ongoing Flint, Michigan water crisis brought attention to drinking water hazards across the country. Perhaps not surprising, the greatest concentration of problem areas is located in Michigan. Other states with large concentrations include New Jersey, California, and North Carolina.
EWG Water Study - Toxic Drinking Water
The researchers determined areas at-risk of potential drinking water hazards by identifying different sites that can contribute to groundwater contamination. There was a focus on industrial sites, manufacturing plants, and military bases that use or are exposed to PFAS chemicals. PFAS chemicals are widely used in many consumer products, and some forms have been linked to birth defects, cancer, and other serious health problems.
To make the situation worse, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been criticized for not addressing the potential dangers of PFAs chemicals. The Safe Drinking Water Act does not establish any PFAS-chemical limit, so drinking water sources could have any PFAS-to-water ratio due to the lack of regulations. As such and for the time being, it is up to individual homeowners and property owners to do what they can to protect themselves from dangerous chemicals in their drinking water.
(You can learn more about the EWG toxic drinking water study by clicking here to view the organization’s interactive map of dangerous drinking water sites.)
Protect Your Health & Family with a Water Filter
Knowing that it is up to you to take care of the PFAS chemical problem in drinking water, what can you do? The solution can be simple! Just call (336) 439-3040 and connect with PF Plumbing in Winston-Salem. Our team would be happy to discuss installing a customized water filtration and purification system for your home.
Cities and neighborhoods in North Carolina with hotspots on the water contamination map include but are not limited to:
- Holly Springs
Many of these locations tested positive for a variety of PFAS, including PFHpA, PFHxS, PFOA, and PFOS. Thankfully, you do not need to be a chemistry major to know how to get these contaminants under control. With numerous systems we can recommend, install, and maintain, you will have your choices when it comes to filtration and purification to protect yourself and your family. We love sitting down with new and returning customers to find the exact water filtration system that works best for them!
Call PF Plumbing today at (336) 439-3040 or contact us online to learn more about how installing a water filter in your Winston-Salem home can benefit your health.