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PFAS in Drinking Water


The Guardian has reported elevated PFAS levels at 17,000 sites in the UK and Europe. Since the 2000s, actions have been taken to monitor and restrict specific PFAS, including PFOS and PFOA, both locally and globally.

PFAS, often called 'forever chemicals,' are a group of thousands of substances used in various industries. They persist in the environment for many years, even with restrictions in place.

Concerns are rising about the impact on human health. Through UK REACH, Defra asked the Environment Agency and HSE to assess PFAS risks, leading to a 'Regulatory Management Options Analysis' due in the spring, exploring further ways to manage these chemical risks.

While media coverage discusses the impact on drinking water, water companies conduct regular risk assessments and sampling to ensure the safety of the water supply.

The government is actively working to assess PFAS levels in the environment, their sources, and potential risks. A cross-government Chemicals Strategy is in development, outlining priorities and principles for regulatory action to protect human health and the environment.

 Minimize your exposure to PFAS
1) Filtered Water:
Use a quality water filter that is certified to remove PFAS. Look for filters with activated carbon or reverse osmosis systems, as they are known to be effective.
2) Avoid Non-Stick Cookware:
Non-stick cookware can sometimes contain PFAS. Consider using alternatives such as stainless steel, cast iron, or ceramic cookware.
3) Limit processed and pacakged foods:
Processed and packaged foods may come into contact with materials containing PFAS during manufacturing and packaging. Opt for fresh, whole foods and reduce reliance on processed items.
4) Choose PFAS free Products:
Check labels on products such as food packaging, cosmetics, and cleaning supplies. Look for PFAS-free alternatives or products labelled as PFAS-free.
5) Avoid stain resistant treatments:
Avoid purchasing stain-resistant carpets, furniture, and clothing, as these often contain PFAS. Choose natural anf untreated materials whenever possible.



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