Fresh water is primarily available through ground water. In the United States, 95% of the fresh water supply comes from this source. Furthermore, this source supplies drinking water for 50% of the country’s population. It’s important to note that just three percent of the Earth’s water is fresh, and just one percent can be safely consumed as drinking water.
The Effect of Hazardous Waste on the Water Supply
Chemical spills happen on an annual basis. Roughly 16,000 of these spills are released from trucks, trains, and storage tanks. While there are a variety of situations that result in a chemical spill, they often occur during transfer.
In addition to accidental or negligent chemical spills, industrial waste is often dumped into water bodies. This applies to approximately 70% of the industrial waste that is created within the country. As a result of these actions, the usable water supply is polluted. The quality of local groundwater has been negatively impacted by the prevalence of serious waste sites in this country. This applies to more than 80% of these sites, which need environmental remediation.
PFAS Remediation Technologies
There are technologies available to remove PFOS/PFOA from a water supply. These are the three basic types:
- Granulated activated carbon
- Non-regenerating synthetic resins
- Regenerating synthetic resins
How Wastewater Is Treated
Prior to being released into local waterways, pollutants are removed with primary and secondary waste treatments. Since this two-fold process will remove approximately 85% to 95% of the pollutants, the wastewater is then disinfected before being discharged.
Learn More About Environmental Remediation Services
If you suspect that there are chemical contaminates in your local water supply or surrounding waterways, it’s important to contact environmental remediation services for testing. In the event that you know contaminants are present, then PFAS remediation services are available to address this situation.
Once you schedule a consultation, you’ll be able to discuss your specific situation in detail. At that time, you’ll also be able to learn more about the services that can be provided, such as groundwater monitoring and remediation. After you’ve received environmental remediation services, your local water supply and air quality will be significantly improved.