Water Contamination From PFOA
Water contamination from PFOA & PFOS in Australia is a hot topic right now, with Erin Brockovich working with Shine Lawyers on a class action case investigating 90 affected communities Australia wide.
Since Brockovich famously won a $US333 million lawsuit in 1993 against energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), she has devoted her time to similar class action cases around the world. When asked what motivates Erin Brockovich to get involved in a case, she responds “My first love clearly is water, and the environment and public health and welfare.”
What is PFOS & PFOA?
PFOS & PFOA (Per-and poly fluoroalkyl substances) are harmful chemicals that have been used in firefighting foams for nearly 50 years. The chemicals are used because they are extremely good at smothering liquid fuel fires. This type of foam is commonly used on RAAF, HMAS and Army bases across Australia. It’s also worth noting that PFOA and PFOS are not just in firefighting foams.
“These substances are persistent, bio-accumulative, and toxic, and thus of substantial environmental concern.” – states Stanford University, California.
Erin Brockovich warned the Australian community of this concerning issue in 2016. At the time there were only a few sites under investigation, including Williamstown and Oakley. Now there are 90 areas under investigation.
“It’s a huge contaminant in the water that’s very toxic to the environment, to your food chain and to public health and safety.”- Erin Brockovich
How is PFOS & PFOA introduced to drinking water?
PFOS & PFOA are most commonly introduced to local drinking water supplies in areas where a dam or catchment is close to a RAAF or Army base.
Many years of using firefighting foams can cause surface and groundwater contamination, which in turn can contaminate local bore and dam water supplies.
What are the health concerns of PFOS & PFOA?
Studies performed on rats and mice have shown adverse effects in developing foetuses and breast-fed infants related to low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal changes, testicular and kidney cancer, as well as liver damage, immune disorders and thyroid changes.
How do you know if PFOS & PFOA is in your water supply?
Visit here to find out if your community is under investigation for PFOS & PFOA water contamination.
How to reduce PFOS & PFOA from your water?
Reverse Osmosis Systems are widely known to have a very high removal rate of PFOA & PFOS. A study by The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University found that Reverse Osmosis membranes generally reject 99% or more of PFOS from the water.
In addition to 97% removal of fluoride, Pure Water Systems Reverse Osmosis Systems are designed to remove almost all contaminants that may be of concern in your drinking water, including organic and inorganic compounds such as salts, Nitrates, Fluoride, Calcium, Magnesium, Cadmium and Phosphates, along with metals, bacteria, viruses, inorganic chemicals and algae.
Watch Brockovich discuss PFOS & PFOA contamination in Australian waters click here.
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