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Posts Tagged ‘Drinking Water’

‘Forever chemicals’ found in drinking water sources across England

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Potentially toxic “forever chemicals” have been detected in the drinking water sources at 17 of 18 England’s water companies, with 11,853 samples testing positive, something experts say they are “extremely alarmed” by.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – a group of 10,000 or so human-made chemicals widely used in industrial processes, firefighting foams and consumer products – were found in samples of raw and treated water tested by water companies last year, according to the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI), the Guardian and Watershed Investigations has found.

PFAS pollution in drinking water and rivers

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Watershed Investigations takes to the Thames for Sky News’ Climate Show to talk about PFAS pollution in drinking water, rivers, sediments and fish.

 

 

UK ministers under pressure to tighten laws on ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

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Pressure is building on UK ministers to tighten regulations on PFAS “forever chemicals” as research by Watershed shows vast numbers of people are drinking water with levels that would be banned in the US.

On Tuesday, US president Joe Biden announced plans to drive down acceptable limits in drinking water to four nanograms per litre (4ng/l) for two types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFOS and PFOA), and announced proposals to regulate four more – PFNA, PFHxS, PFBS and GenX Chemicals – as a mixture. In the UK the guideline limit is 100ng/l.

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