As a homeowner, it’s important to ensure that your water is safe to drink. Unfortunately, sometimes water systems can violate drinking water standards. You can read a recent press release from a local town on their water quality here. The issue at hand is perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) being present in the water at levels above the New Jersey drinking water standard.
PFOA is a member of the group of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and it has been used in non-stick cookware, stain-resistant coatings, and even firefighting foam. Although the use of PFOA has decreased substantially, contamination is expected to continue indefinitely because it is extremely persistent in the environment and is soluble and mobile in water.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health, drinking water containing PFOA in excess of the MCL over time could result in a number of negative health effects, including:
If you are concerned about your health, it is recommended that you consult with your personal healthcare provider.
If you have an infant in the home, it is advised that you prepare infant formula and other beverages for infants, such as plain water or juice, with bottled water when PFOA is elevated in drinking water.
Pregnant, nursing, and women considering having children may choose to use bottled water or a home filter designed to remove PFOA for drinking and cooking to reduce exposure to PFOA.
Other people may also choose to use bottled water for drinking and cooking to reduce exposure to PFOA or a home water filter that is certified to reduce levels of PFOA.
Home water treatment devices are available that can reduce levels of PFOA. If a water treatment device is used, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance and operation. For more specific information regarding the effectiveness of home water filters for reducing PFOA, visit the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International website.
At Mark Lindsay and Son, we offer a variety of water conditioning services that can improve the quality of your water. Our water treatment options include water softeners, acid neutralizers, iron and carbon filtration systems and reverse osmosis.
Reverse osmosis systems are an essential addition to your home, providing a comprehensive solution to water-related concerns. These remarkable systems go beyond the capabilities of traditional water softeners. While water softeners effectively eliminate hard water minerals like calcium and magnesium, preventing plumbing and fixture buildup, reverse osmosis systems offer an even wider range of benefits.
With their advanced filtration technology, they can address various water quality issues that impact your daily life. By utilizing acid neutralizers, they effortlessly balance the pH of your water, resulting in improved taste and reduced corrosion.
Importantly, reverse osmosis systems excel at removing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFOAs), notorious pollutants that pose significant health risks. By integrating a single point of use faucet or even installing a whole house reverse osmosis system, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your water is free from harmful contaminants. Embrace the transformative power of reverse osmosis systems and experience the remarkable difference they make in your home!
At Mark Lindsay and Son, we understand that you want to ensure that your water is safe for you and your family to drink.
That’s why we offer free water testing and a range of water treatment options to help you achieve the best possible water quality.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you improve your water.