Best of Earth911 Podcast: Avoiding PFAS and Other Water Contaminants

Best of Earth911 Podcast: Avoiding PFAS and Other Water Contaminants

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Drinking water is prone to turning into scarce within the face of local weather change. More than 50% of the nation has skilled drought since 2000. Rich “Raz” Razgaitis, CEO of Bluewater North America, a water purification firm, joins the dialog to debate the rising incidence in faucet water of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, or PFAS, the perpetually chemical substances utilized in every little thing from the liner of quick meals containers and firefighting foams to cosmetics and waterproof clothes. A current United States Geological Survey examine discovered that as a lot as 45% of U.S. faucet water is contaminated with PFAS. Rich final joined us in early 2022, earlier than the corporate he co-founded, FloWater, was acquired by Bluewater.

Rich Razgaitis, CEO of Bluewater US, is our visitor on Sustainability In Your Ear.

Water filtering, use, and reuse will grow to be a extra distinguished characteristic of every day life within the coming years. The USGS examine, nevertheless, is a wake-up name about chemical contamination. It discovered at the least one kind of PFAS in nearly half of 716 samples taken from faucets across the nation from private and non-private water sources. The Eastern seaboard and Midwest have essentially the most contaminated water programs. And a number of cities within the West with heavy business and navy bases even have PFAS-contaminated water. You can study extra about Bluewater North America at

Editor’s Note: This podcast initially aired on Dec. 8, 2023.