OCWD recently responded to misleading and alarmist news articles based on Environmental Working Group’s online tap water database. We want to assure residents that drinking water supplied by our retailers is safe to drink, and our water is continuously tested to ensure compliance with peer-reviewed state and federal standards. To help correct misinformation, OCWD has outlined the flaws with EWG’s methodology in a recent
, which includes information on the many regulations in place to ensure safe drinking water.
Third quarter testing for PFAS in wells throughout OCWD's service area is underway now, and OCWD anticipates testing will be completed before the end of the month. The District will also do additional testing once the first winter storm event occurs to determine how the first event potentially impacts PFAS levels in the basin. OCWD is making every attempt to gather as much data as possible to obtain a comprehensive understanding of this critical issue.
OCWD is preparing to launch its pilot study – the largest PFAS pilot program in the nation – this month. OCWD staff, its consultant and local water retailers have been collaborating over the past several months in designing and building the program and anticipate the pilot will provide much-needed information as retailers throughout Orange County determine what treatment options are appropriate and feasible.
Carollo Engineers and OCWD hosted a kick-off meeting with local water retalilers about the PFAS Treatment Systems Planning Study. In the coming weeks, Carollo will be meeting with individual retailers who may require treatment for groundwater wells impacted by PFAS. The Planning Study is slated to conclude next June.
OCWD also continues to work with other stakeholders throughout the state to share information and updates on PFAS issues. Upcoming presentations include:
SAWPA EC Task Force on November 13
ACWA Fall Conference December 3-6
State Water Resources Control Board PFAS Summit December 4-5
For more information on upcoming events, please contact