Perfluoroalkyl/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are hazardous chemicals that may be in your water supply and consumer products you use. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established standards on acceptable levels, these compounds can be toxic and have long-term health effects. Municipal water treatment centers often don’t have the capability to remove them, leaving many people wondering how to protect themselves.

A high-quality whole-home water filtration system can remove a wide range of chemicals and compounds. Grasshopper Heating & Cooling installs some of the most effective systems on the market. We know that water quality is a concern for every resident in Clifton Park, NY, and surrounding areas. From an in-home evaluation and estimate to advising you on choosing the right type and size of the system, to high-quality installation, we can help relieve any concerns you have.

For further information on these hazardous substances, the latest EPA regulations, and solutions to eliminate PFAS substances and PFOS from your water, including our advanced HALO reverse osmosis systems, continue reading these frequently asked questions:

What are PFAS and PFOS?

PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) are chemicals that have been used in various industrial and consumer products. They are found in firefighting foams, non-stick coatings, water-repellent fabrics, and other applications.

Why has the EPA implemented changes to regulations regarding PFAS and PFOS?

The EPA has become increasingly aware of the potential risks associated with PFAS and PFOS. Research has shown that exposure to these chemicals may have adverse effects on human health and the environment, leading to the need for stricter regulations.

What are the health-based standards set by the EPA for PFAS and PFOS?

The EPA has established specific limits on the amount of PFAS and PFOS deemed safe for human consumption in drinking water. These health-based standards ensure that the levels of these substances in water systems are within safe limits.

What are the monitoring and testing requirements for PFAS and PFOS?

The EPA has implemented monitoring and testing requirements to identify and measure PFAS and PFOS levels in water systems. This helps in identifying areas with higher concentrations of these chemicals and enables appropriate actions to mitigate potential risks.

How does the EPA regulate the discharge of PFAS and PFOS into the environment?

The EPA has implemented regulations to control the release of PFAS and PFOS into water bodies or wastewater treatment systems. These regulations set limits on the amount of these chemicals that can be discharged by industries and other sources, aiming to reduce environmental contamination.

What is the purpose of expanded research and risk assessments on PFAS and PFOS?

The EPA has expanded research efforts and risk assessments to better understand the health and environmental effects of PFAS and PFOS. These studies focus on toxicity, exposure pathways, and potential long-term impacts, helping inform future regulations and actions to mitigate risks associated with these chemicals.

Can town water processing centers remove PFAS and PFOS?

Currently, most town water processing centers do not have the capability to remove PFAS and PFOS from the water supply. Specialized in-home water treatment systems are often necessary to ensure the proper eradication of these contaminants from drinking water.

How can I get a water system evaluation from Grasshopper Heating and Cooling?

To get a free water system evaluation in your home and learn more about the HALO RO5 system, contact Grasshopper Heating and Cooling. We can provide information on how to protect yourself from harmful contaminants in your drinking water and offer solutions tailored to your needs.

What is the HALO RO5 system offered by Grasshopper Heating and Cooling?

The HALO RO5 is a proprietary alkalinizing reverse osmosis system offered by Grasshopper Heating and Cooling. It acts as a highly effective water filtration system, removing contaminants down to .0001 microns and providing hydrogenated alkaline water. This system offers protection from cancer-causing contaminants in the water supply.

What is the goal of EPA regulations on PFAS and PFOS?

The EPA regulations on PFAS and PFOS aim to protect public health, safeguard drinking water sources, and reduce environmental contamination. The goal is to work towards the total eradication of these chemicals and prevent their adverse effects on human health and the environment.