I have no idea what PFAS is but it is affecting my well being

I have been unable to attend any of the town hall meetings about the tainted water that is pouring into our homes, so I wanted to know more about what exactly PFAS is. According to eponline.com...

PFAS is an abbreviation for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and it's not just a single chemical. PFASs encompass a whole family of manmade chemicals that contain a carbon and fluorine atom backbone. There are hundreds of known PFAS compounds with varying functional groups, which can include other elements such as oxygen, hydrogen, or sulfur.

I think what is most disturbing about PFAS is that we have done this to ourselves. We have treated our planet horribly and now this is the price we have to pay. Research has proven that...

PFAS chemicals do not occur in nature, and some of them take a very long time to break down in the environment. Our bodies don't do a good job of breaking them down, either, so they have the potential to build up in the organs and tissues of humans and animals.

What can we do if our water is poisoned? Heath.ri.gov has some important tips to stay safe.

  • DO NOT boil your water. Boiling water will concentrate these chemicals.
  • Reduce your risk of exposure to these chemicals by using bottled water or other licensed drinking water that has been tested for these chemicals or that uses a treatment that removes these chemicals (specifically activated carbon or reverse osmosis). Many major bottled water brands use this treatment.
  • Water from a safe source should be used for drinking, food preparation, cooking, brushing teeth, and any activity that might result in swallowing water.
  • Parents of formula-fed infants may consider using a formula that does not require adding water.

You can shower and wash your dishes in the water but an interest point is that you should not use the water for humidifier. Only water from a safe source should be used to moisten the air.

I hate to spend the money to buy bottled water and I am not completely sure that the water we purchase is all around safe. I don't mean to be a Downer Debbie, but how can we know what is in any of our water.


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