Community water treatment facilities are ineffective against most micropollutants.
Because they exist at trace concentrations, micropollutants pass through the municipal water treatment plants that supply tap water to over 85% of the U.S. population. As a result, households are being exposed to these chemical contaminants through their drinking water.
Today, perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), a micropollutant linked to cancer, endocrinological disorders, and developmental disorders, is already found in the blood serum of 97% of Americans. Responding to the threat of micropollutants presents a major challenge to municipalities responsible for providing safe drinking water to the communities they serve.
Clear water does not mean clean water. We can no longer take safe drinking water for granted.
Clean, safe drinking water is indispensable for healthy communities, economies, and ecosystems. Unfortunately, a new class of hazardous contaminants called micropollutants have been identified in drinking water systems in the U.S and around the world.
Classified as “micropollutants” because of their extremely low concentrations in water (on billionth of a gram or less per liter of water), they include pesticides, pharmaceuticals, hormones, and industrial chemicals. A growing number, including perfluorinated compounds (PFOA, PFOS), are linked to various cancers, brain and nervous system damage, developmental defects, fertility problems and endocrine disorders.