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Water Contamination in Alabama Sends Many Searching for Clean Water

The state of America’s water system has been shown again and again to be in crisis over the last couple of years. Now, another large water provider has revealed that the residents it serves could be exposed to incredibly dangerous chemicals simply by drinking their tap water.

The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority notified over 100,000 customers in the northern Alabama area that drinking the tap water or using it to cook is unsafe. The compounds PFOA and PFOS were detected at levels that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s limits.

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The EPA lowered the acceptable rate of PFOA and PFOS in public drinking water in May. The arrival of this announcement only two weeks after the limits were lowered indicates that the dangerous chemicals could have been present in Alabama drinking water for longer than residents realize.

PFOA and PFOS are synthetic compounds present in carpet sealants, firefighting foams, waterproof clothes, and nonstick cookware, among other products. Federal officials, according to local news reports, have linked both chemicals to cancer.

The EPA claims that the chemicals are particularly dangerous. In an advisory the agency issued in response to the water contamination, the EPA claimed that exposure to the chemicals could cause low birth weights and skeletal variations in unborn fetuses or breastfed infants. According to the agency PFOA and PFOS can cause cancer, problems with the immune system, and liver and thyroid damage.

The exact levels of the chemicals detected in the water supply have not been reported by the water provider, which has caused considerable alarm in the affected areas of Alabama. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is monitoring the situation, but there has been outcry in the two counties most affected.

Official plans to distribute bottled water were delayed for Lawrence and Morgan counties, where most residents are attempting to purchase bottled water but cannot locate adequate supplies in the aftermath of the announcement of contamination.

Last October, the water authority that made the announcement filed a lawsuit against multiple companies it claims polluted the Tennessee River with toxic chemicals, which according to a report at include PFOS. There is no proof of direct causation or correlation, but the fact remains that the levels of toxic chemicals in the water cannot be ignored.

If you are concerned about the quality of your drinking water, do a little research and locate the most recent water quality report issued by your water provider. Most agencies release water quality reports at least once or twice a year for the general public.

It’s clear that the drinking water in America is not as pristine as once believed. In order to protect your family from harmful contaminants that could be lurking in your tap water, install a Pelican water NSF-Certified 6-stage reverse osmosis water filter. The thorough filtering processes deliver cleaner and purer drinking water, as well as peace of mind.

The carbon filter is effective at removing the PFOA currently present in Alabama’s drinking water. Before you stock up on bottled water for your household, read our breakdown of the 4 chemicals present in non-spring bottled water.

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