OCWD’s Philip L. Anthony Water Quality Laboratory was the first public agency laboratory in California to achieve state certification to analyze for PFAS in drinking water. The District is proactively working with federal, state and local agencies to test, identify and monitor PFAS. OCWD has begun the second round of testing for PFAS at locations within its service area that received monitoring orders from the state. Testing will occur throughout August and September.
OCWD’s board of directors continued discussions this week about how it can best help producers identify and implement the best treatment options for each district. The board is considering hiring a consultant to review the needs and treatment options for each retailer, as well as what role OCWD will play in covering the costs associated with new treatment facilities. OCWD is also moving forward with 3D modeling of the basin to get a better visual representation that illustrates the impacts of PFAS basin wide.
OCWD has selected Jacobs as its consultant for its upcoming pilot program. Jacobs will be conducting the PFAS treatment study and will be working in conjunction with OCWD to test multiple products. Pilot testing for Granulated Activated Carbon and Ion Exchange will begin this fall. In addition, OCWD has issued a Planning Study RFP with local water retailers to help determine retailer-specific treatment implementation costs and impacts. Proposals are due September 19.
Regional sampling led by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) will begin next Tuesday in the upper watershed. Results will be available later this fall in conjunction with a potential briefing to review sampling and testing data.