According to WWAY, drinking water in parts of Brunswick County is considered the most toxic in the nation. Read the full article, here. You can also read the statement from Brunswick County, here. Chemicals like PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances like GenX) have been found to exceed the levels set forth by health advisory organizations and may cause health problems.
Mayor Bill Saffo says the report is scary, “We know that there are other PFAS out there,” Saffo said. “We don’t know where they’re coming from. We don’t even know what they do to the human body.”
Our goal is not to scare anyone into getting water treatment, however, educating our local community about water quality is a top priority. We’ve worked with many local families to improve their water and to provide peace-of-mind, knowing the water they drink and bathe in is free of harmful contaminants.
Contact us today to learn more about our professionally installed and serviced drinking water system that reduces PFOS contamination. Fill out the contact form or call (910) 601-2289!
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What are PFAS, PFOA, PFOS and What’s The Difference Between Them?In a nutshell, PFAS stands for per- and polyflouralkyl substances, which are synthetic chemicals used to make everyday products we all use (your cell phone, your non-stick pans, some food packaging, most things that used to be made at 3M are made of PFAS). PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid, also referred to as C8) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) are simply two types of PFAS, and the difference between the two is the amount of carbon atoms in the chain of polyflouralkyl. GenX is also considered a PFAS contaminant.These chemicals have been around for almost 80 years, when they started being manufactured in the 1940’s. Unfortunately, a lot of chemical waste ends up being dumped in the water supply we drink from. Imagine 80 years of chemical waste contaminating the water we use every day.The Water Quality Association (WQA.org) tells us exposure to PFAS can happen when we eat food grown in soil contaminated by PFAS or drink water that has been contaminated and not properly filtered out. It can also be released through the household products we use to clean our homes.Some potential health risks of PFAS exposure are cancer, a weakened immune system, fertility issues, low birth weight for infants, abnormal levels for cholesterol and thyroid hormones, and inflammation of the liver. Other health related issues are still under research.
How Can I Know I Have Safe Drinking Water?If you want to know if the water in your area is affected by PFAS contamination, check out the EWG PFAS map below of known areas affected in the United States click here to see the map of known areas affected in the United States.Elite Water Systems also offers free water tests to homeowners in the Jacksonville area. Call (910) 601-2289 to schedule your free water test now!
PFOA and PFOS chemicals are bio-permanent, resistant to direct oxidation, and do not break down naturally in the environment or the human body. Elite Water Systems provides a unique system, to successfully remove these chemicals and is installed where the water line enters your home or business.
Our systems have been tested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 58 by NSF International, and not only removes sediments and PFAS contaminants, but also eliminates odors and improves taste – giving you bottled quality (or better) water right at your tap.