College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2024-06-04 07:21:02


Civil Engineering

Honors Course

CIVE 497-003

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2024


This research paper delves into the efficacy of a typical household water filter in removing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a concerning class of chemicals prevalent in water sources. PFAS, known for their persistence and potential health risks, have prompted regulatory actions such as the Third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 3) and the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) by the U.S. EPA. While municipal water utilities are subject to regulatory oversight, individuals relying on private wells face challenges in ensuring water quality.

The study employs a model to assess the performance of a SAMSUNG Ice and Water Refrigerator Filter in reducing PFAS concentrations. Utilizing pilot-scale data and an open-source pore and surface diffusion model, the filter's effectiveness was evaluated against Hazard Index thresholds and Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs). Results indicate that the filter maintains PFAS concentrations below regulatory thresholds throughout its recommended lifespan of 300 gallons, demonstrating its efficacy in mitigating PFAS contamination.

Furthermore, the study addresses the challenges faced by private well owners, emphasizing the need for accessible and affordable water quality testing solutions. Public education on PFAS risks and the importance of water filtration technology is highlighted to empower consumers to make informed decisions about their drinking water. The research underscores the significance of effective filtration technologies and regulatory measures in ensuring access to clean and safe drinking water, particularly for individuals reliant on private wells.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Christopher Miller

First Reader

Dr. David Roke

Second Reader

Atie Amirgol, Ph.D.

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Ping Yi

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