Know Your Water: PFOA + PFOS

June 25, 2018


Do you know what is in the water your children are drinking? Young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead that can be found in contaminated water. They can suffer profound and permanent adverse health effects, particularly affecting the development of the brain and nervous system. An easy way to prevent this is by checking your water to make sure it is free of contaminants before giving to your children!

PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) belong to a class of chemicals called Perflourochemicals. There is growing concern in the United States that these chemicals are getting into the bloodstream, causing cancers, thyroid diseases, and rendering children's vaccinations significantly less effective. Recent studies have shown that these chemicals have been found in the drinking water systems of 27 U.S. states and in the tap water of 15 million people. As recently as May 2018, the EPA hosted a National Leadership Summit to take action against PFOA and PFOS.

PFOA and PFOS are commonly used in everyday products such as non-stick kitchen pans but it is their use in firefighting foam utilized heavily by the military and some civilian groups that is causing significant concern. There are potentially 400 military bases around the US where local drinking water could be undergoing systemic contamination at levels significantly above lifetime safety limits for exposure

This is a serious problem and its development is ongoing. Lishtot is encouraging anyone who can to click to view our map to see if you are in an area that is potentially exposed. Beyond that, our personal water tester, the TestDrop Pro, does a fantastic job of detecting PFOA/PFOS. For more information or to place an order, click here. Our mission is to give a unified voice to all those potentially exposed to these harmful chemicals and to let the authorities know together that our drinking water needs to be protected, clean, and safe for us and our children.

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For more information about PFOA and PFOS, click here.