Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
WHAT ARE PFAS?
PFAS) are a large family of human-made chemicals in use since the 1950s to make a wide variety of stain-resistant, water-resistant, and non-stick consumer products. These long-lasting chemicals continue to be released into our environment from older products and discarded materials.
WHY ARE PFAS A PUBLIC HEALTH CONCERN?
PFAS are a public health concern because they:
PFAS have been discovered above recommended federal and state levels in the drinking water supplies of millions of Americans. In humans, it can take many years for PFAS to leave our bodies. As a result, exposure to levels above recommended limits over time may lead to harmful health effects.
PFAS AND DRINKING WATER
PFAS can get into drinking water if they are made, used, disposed of, or spilled near your water source. Because PFAS do not break down easily, they may remain in water supplies for many years.
Water testing is the only way to know for sure if PFAS are present. You can’t see, taste, or smell PFAS in your water.
HEALTH CONCERNS WITH PFAS
Scientists are still studying how PFAS affect health. Much of what we know comes from testing in laboratory animals.
How Skillings & Sons Can Help with PFAS
For PFAS in Massachusetts, Skillings is installing:
Point of Entry (whole house) either twin tank Carbon-based systems, or a carbon-based One Filter.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection website on PFAS:
For PFAS in New Hampshire, Skillings is installing these treatment options:
Point of Entry (whole house) we are installing either twin tank Carbon based systems, or a carbon based One Filter.
Point of Use (not whole house) we are installing Reverse Osmosis systems
New Hampshire is offering a rebate program for private wells contaminated with PFAS chemicals. State rebates will be available to more than 120 New Hampshire communities impacted by PFAS contamination. Learn More on the The PFAS Rebate Program Here