PFAS Water Testing in Colorado Springs
Are you concerned about the presence of PFAS in your drinking water? Water testing for your Colorado Springs home or business can help you confirm whether your water has been contaminated with PFAS.
PFAS is an acronym used to refer to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. These highly toxic chemicals are commonly used to manufacture products that are resistant to heat, oil, and water such as non-stick cookware. They are also notoriously difficult to destroy since they do not break down naturally in the environment. This is why they’re also referred to as “forever chemicals.”
Exposure to PFAS is known to be incredibly damaging to human health, so imagine how shocked Colorado Springs residents were when a 2016 study revealed that PFAS were present in the city’s drinking water supply. Below, we’ve discussed the importance of testing your water for PFAS and other toxic chemicals.
Health Risks of PFAS Exposure
PFAS chemicals, including PFOA and PFOS, have been used since the 1950s for numerous commercial and industrial processes. While toxic, they are found in hundreds of household goods including cleaning products, personal care products, stain-resistant coatings, and grease-resistant paper. PFAS contamination is a major public health crisis and is becoming increasingly prevalent. Today, these chemicals are found in water, soil, animals, and people all across the world.
Exposure to PFAS carries numerous health risks including:
- Liver damage
- Fertility issues
- Heart problems
- Immune system dysfunction
- Developmental problems
- Cancer and other life-threatening diseases
How Did PFAS Get into Colorado Springs’ Water Supply?
PFAS were first detected in regions of Southern Colorado in 2013. In 2016, water and soil testing revealed that high levels of PFAS were present in the groundwater supply near the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Experts believe that the most likely cause of contamination was firefighting foam used in training exercises at the facility.
Hundreds of off-base private wells are located within one to two miles of the academy. A recent study found that some residents in the Security-Widefield area have elevated levels of PFAS in their blood. These levels were much higher than average national levels.
The Importance of Having Your Water Tested
This incident highlights the importance of having your water supply regularly tested. Water testing helps Colorado Springs residents stay informed about potential contaminants and reasons for concern. If you live in southern Colorado and have not had your water tested recently, we urge you to contact our office to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive water analysis.
Do Water Filters Remove PFAS?
If PFAS are found in your water supply, you may be able to do something about it. There are certain water filtration systems such as reverse osmosis and granular activated carbon filters that can help reduce levels of PFAS in your water.
Schedule Your Free Water Analysis
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