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New Study Finds Nearly Half of Americans’ Drinking Water Contains PFAS Contaminants

Posted On 07/11/2023 By iSpring Water Systems

Key Points

  1. Study shows 45% of drinking water has PFAS
  2. Exposure to PFAS contributes to health concerns
  3. iSpring water filtration systems that will provide you with peace of mind

Alarming Findings in PFAS in Drinking Water Study 

Earlier this month, CNN reported that the National Institute of Health examined 32 of the 12,000+ Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) compounds in drinking water across the US between 2016 and 2021. The findings were astounding and confirmed that at least one PFAS chemical was found in 45% of water samples. According to EPA, drinking water should not have PFAS higher than 70 parts per trillion. This study has caused many residents to reevaluate the safety of their drinking water, including those whose water source is municipal.

Of the 716 samples collected, 447 came from public sources and 269 came from private wells. Because private wells’ water does not undergo treatment, a certain level of contamination that needs to be addressed with private filtration systems is to be expected. However, seeing little to no difference in the presence of PFAS in water from these private wells and the water that underwent treatment at an EPA-approved plant was shocking.

Drinking from municipal water is typically accompanied by a certain level of confidence in the water supply. However, this study has shattered many people’s trust and has left them questioning what they can do to protect themselves from consuming these dangerous chemicals.

Does My Water Contain PFAS?

Although the majority of PFAS were most frequently found in water sources in urban areas and in areas where PFAS are used in manufacturing and waste collection, it is important not to discount the possibility that these chemicals are lurking in their water.

It is suggested residents check their local utility website for the most recent water report, which will include what is in the water and what is being done to reduce contaminants.

Though there is still a great deal to learn about PFAS, the EPA notes that scientific studies have shown that exposure to some PFAS may be linked to decreased fertility, developmental effects in children, hormone suppression, and an increased risk of cancer, obesity, and high cholesterol.

Protecting Yourself from PFAS Using iSpring Water Filtration Systems

While carbon filters(GAC) can reduce the amount of PFAS in water, it is crucial the filter be changed regularly to make a meaningful impact. One of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your family from consuming PFAS is by using a reverse osmosis (RO) filtration system. RO systems can eliminate up to 99% of contaminants in drinking water.

Our RCC7AK is an under-sink water filtration system that uses six-stage alkaline remineralization layered filtration to provide you with pure, safe drinking water. This filter

  1. is NSF/ANSI 58 certified 
  2. restores the natural alkalinity and mineral balance of water
  3. employs an ultra-fine (RO) filter to remove contaminants down to 0.0001 microns
  4. features a fine GAC filter to provide final polishing to the purified water 
  5. produces up to 75 gallons of filtered water per day
  6. uses a pressurized tank to ensure a stable water flow
  7. can be connected directly to the refrigerator’s water supply

Our RO500AK-BN is the next-generation, tankless reverse osmosis filtration system that

  1. functions four times more efficiently than traditional RO systems providing a faster water flow and a higher pure-to-waste ratio saving water waste by up to 400% compared to traditional RO systems
  2. contributes to reduced water bills and less water going down the drain because of its industry-leading pure-to-waste ratio of up to 2.5:1
  3. employees a 1st-stage 2-in-1 composite Sediment and Carbon Block filter, a 2nd-stage advanced RO Membrane, and 3rd-stage Carbon Alkaline Filter 
  4. restores the natural alkalinity and mineral balance of water
  5. produces up to 500 gallons of filtered water per day

Our RCD100 is our premier reverse osmosis countertop system that, like the RCC7AK and RO500AK-BN, can remove up to 99% of over 1,000 harmful contaminants such as vinyl chloride, chlorine, fluoride, lead, arsenic, asbestos, calcium, sodium and more. This filter

  1. requires no installation and only needs a plug-in to operate
  2. has a revolutionary instant heating function that quickly allows a customized experience by providing four temperature settings
  3. uses a five-stage filtration system
  4. boasts a large-capacity water tank that holds 1.3 gallons of water
  5. employs an innovative wastewater circulation technique that enhances the filtration performance, achieving a remarkable and unbeatable up to 2.5:1 pure-to-drain water ratio
  6. can produce up to 100 gallons of contaminant-free water per day
  7. includes convenience features such as a self-cleaning mode, a smart panel display, a twist-and-lock design for filter replacement, an energy-saving mode, a child safety lock, and a quiet operation

Navigating the unfamiliar world of water filtration systems can be intimidating and overwhelming for many. That is why iSpring’s expert customer care team is here to answer your questions and to work alongside you to address your concerns and find the system that is the best fit for you and your family. 


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