What Are Forever Chemicals Doing in My Tap Water?

  • Brad Novak
Commonly called "forever chemicals," PFAS are synthetic chemicals found nearly everywhere — in air, water, and soil — and can take thousands of years to break down in the environment.

For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency has established national limits for six types of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking water.

The substances, known by the initialism PFAS, are nicknamed "forever chemicals" because they barely degrade and are nearly impossible to destroy, so they can linger permanently in air, water and soil.

As a class of chemicals, PFAS have been associated with a higher risk of certain cancers, heart disease, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, low birth weight and reproductive issues, including decreased fertility. 

Most people in the U.S. have PFAS in their blood, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The proprietary carbon in the Nova Filters will greatly reduce PFAS, however a Nova Reverse osmosis will eliminate them