New tech could one day scrub ‘forever chemicals’ from your tap water


Known as “forever chemicals” they can persist in the environment for years, these hazardous compounds have been well documented. In March, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation’s first drinking-water standards requiring water utilities to reduce levels of PFAS – perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. PFAS, linked to infertility, thyroid problems, and several types of cancer, are a class of thousands of different chemicals with varying properties found in commonly used consumer goods, such as cosmetics and food packaging. With a reusable PFAS filter, it could be used in products to filter water in homes, industrial sites, and at municipal levels. While this method is progress towards this increasing environmental problem, there needs to be regulations and other environmental efforts to hold polluters accountable. 

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