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How to Remove PFAS and PFOS in Water in NJ

Published by Passaic Bergen Water Softening on

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If you reside in the Northern NJ region, chances are, you have come across the term PFAS or PFOS at least once in recent months. You’re probably among the many homeowners who received letters informing them about the high levels of PFOS in water in NJ.

Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic chemicals that pose health risks to humans and contaminate water supplies. Although there are many types of PFAS chemicals, PFOS (Perfluorooctane sulfonate) is among the most commonly produced PFAS in the world.

In this post, we look at the effects of PFOS and the various ways you can remove PFOS in water in NJ.

Effects of PFOS in Water

PFOS causes health problems such as increased cholesterol levels, cancer, thyroid hormone disruption, and more. Besides, they can damage appliances, water heater systems, and housewares in your home.

The stubborn chemicals do not degrade but build up within the environment over time. Meaning, the only way to get rid of these chemicals is through proven techniques. Luckily, there are several of these techniques used to remove PFAS.

They include:

1. Activated Carbon Treatment

This treatment uses activated carbon due to its adsorbent properties. Adsorption involves the chemical and physical accumulation of a substance at the interface between liquid and solid states of matter. Activated carbon can be used in two forms.

  • Granules

Granular activated carbon (GAC) effectively removes PFOS in water by flowing the water through a filter bed where the chemical sticks to the granules.

  • Powder

Powdered activated carbon (PAC) is added to the water. The PFAS chemical sticks on the particles. It requires extra filtration to remain only with the water, thus uneconomical and even inefficient.

2. Ion Exchange Treatment

This technique involves small beads (resins) made of porous, polymeric hydrocarbon material that is water-insoluble, acid, and base. The resins work like magnets and attract PFAS chemicals as water passes through. This method is efficient but more expensive than GAC.

3.  High-Pressure Membranes

Nano filtration and reverse osmosis are two high-pressure membranes used in removing PFAS and PFOS in water. The two involve pushing water through a membrane with small pores where it acts as a wall and stops chemicals from passing into drinking water.

An Efficient and Flexible Solution for PFOS in Water in NJ

PFAS chemicals, including PFOA and PFOS, should not be a concern to you anymore. Installing a ONE™ Contaminant Reduction System is all that you need to efficiently remove PFAS in water in NJ before it gets into your household. The WaterCare® ONE™ Filter is certified to remove PFAS chemicals, lead, and cysts from water. Additionally, you can pair with WaterCare® models and double the certification of the ONE filter.

How the System Works

ONE™ Contaminant Reduction system is a two-stage process that incorporates a standard carbon block unit inside the ONE™ filter. Note that the ONE™ filter alone can treat up to 50,000 gallons of water before it requires replacement. In addition, the bottom functionality that allows you to drain particles from the system plays a role in extending the cartridge’s life.

ONE™ Contaminant Reduction system is a smart solution utilizing our conditioners and softeners built with advanced electronic controls. They can track the water process by the ONE™ and increase the capability to 100,000 gallons. This doubles the duration you can remove the stubborn chemicals from water in your home before the need for replacement arises.

The cartridges have a special design to allow high flow rates and high contaminant retention capacity. In addition, it has a bottom functionality that allows you to drain particles from the system, which plays a role in extending the cartridge’s life.

Flexible Design

ONE™ Contaminant Reduction system has an excellent design that allows you to replace cartridges without using any special tools. Besides, there is no need for coupling since the system comes with a long distributor that adapts directly into and out of the head. Therefore, it is a water treatment system that combines flexibility and efficiency to meet your household water requirements.

At PB Water Softening, we help homeowners remove PFOS in water in NJ. We have three locations to serve Northern New Jersey with water softening and installation services. Contact us today and have safe drinking water for your household.  



Wyckoff NJ

537 Goffle Rd
Wyckoff, 07481


Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Newfoundland NJ

2850 Route 23 North
Newfoundland, 07435


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Wayne NJ

2025 Suite B, Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ 07470


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM
This office isn’t open on Saturday as it is not a retail location.