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Your Guide To PFOS Treatment For Safer Water

by Zoe Bates

In recent years, there have been documented side effects and significant health challenges associated with the use and contact with PFOS, which is also known as Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid. Given that PFOS had been used in various forms and in multiple countries since as early as 1949, it's easy to see that its safe removal is both of the utmost importance and quite difficult to complete. Therefore, it is a time-consuming process and as of 2017, PFOS treatment is still occurring in many areas to remove the evidence of its existence, order to keep people, the environment, etc. safe. If you live or work in an area that is currently undergoing PFOS treatment and are unsure as to what you should expect or why it is necessary, the following information is likely to be quite useful.

Understanding PFOS

PFOS is a problem for almost everyone, or has the potential to be a problem, since it has been found within water reserves. However, it is not being tested for everywhere, which also means that treating it is similarly new to many areas. Commonly used as an inexpensive repellent for contaminants on paper, water and fabric products, its side effects were unknown and therefore, undeterred for a long period of time.  

Unfortunately, PFOS was eventually found to be a toxin that could cause environmental concerns. In addition, since it is found in and can spread through water, it has been associated with congenital defects and developmental delays in children born to exposed mothers, as well as abnormally high levels of cancer, liver, immune system and kidney abnormalities. 

That information led to the need for safe and effective treatment, as discussed in the next passage. 

Treating PFOS

If PFOS has been identified in your area in sufficient amounts to require treatment, it is important to be aware that the process of doing so will be as safe as possible for everyone concerned.  Unfortunately, the chemical makeup of PFOS's has resulted in its relative imperviousness to the majority of household water filtration devices and systems. Therefore, more advanced technology that targets the groundwater itself becomes necessary. 

In that instance, you might hear about membrane filtration. It requires the use of porous membrane filters in order to divide the different components of the affected fluids. It should be acknowledged that additional minerals are likely to be required for best results and the user will need to display a safe way to dispose of the waste products.   

Another option you might see is Granular activated carbon. It works by absorbing and thus removing organic materials from the water, including PFOS. Therefore, the water is safer to use and consume, often in a relatively brief period of time. In addition, it does so by creating an environment that uses fewer chemicals and is thought to be a viable option for effectively addressing PFOS contamination.  

In conclusion, PFOS has been acknowledged as a known toxin and is now either forbidden or very strictly regulated in many countries, including Canada and the United States. Therefore, PFOS treatment is necessary and is being done in safe and effective ways, as discussed above, in order to remove the lingering taint of its existence.

Check with a company like PFOS-PFOA Treatment LLC for more information.