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Nearly Half Of Tap Water Americans Drink Is Tainted With ‘Forever Chemicals’


“Forever chemicals” are widespread in the environment, and new research finds they can be detected in about 45 percent of U.S. tap water samples.


Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large, complex group of synthetic chemicals that have been used in various consumer products since around the 1950s. Known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they don’t break down in the environment, their uses include keeping food from sticking to packaging or cookware, making clothes and carpets resistant to stains, and creating firefighting foam.

Concern over the levels of these chemicals in U.S. drinking water supplies has been growing for some years now. It was reported in 2020 that the problem was far worse than previously estimated, with some of the highest levels found in cities including Miami, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency the substances are linked to health problems such as cancer, liver damage, hormone suppression, decreased fertility, obesity, high cholesterol, and thyroid disease.

To read how pollution from the pharmaceutical industry is increasingly affecting food chains, water supplies, and the environment, see this article on our website.

For information on the importance of clean water for the cells of the human body, see this article on our website.