Third quarter testing for PFAS in wells throughout Orange County is now complete, and we anticipate fourth quarter testing to begin in January of 2020. Today, OCWD water quality staff was ready and waiting to capture runoff from this year’s first storm event. The District will test stormwater runoff from the Santa Ana River to determine how the first event potentially impacts PFAS levels in the basin.
OCWD is preparing to launch its pilot study in the coming weeks. The goal of the pilot program is to help retail water agencies in Orange County determine the best treatment methods available to them. Through the program, OCWD will be testing 14 different products to determine which applications are best suited for Orange County’s diverse aquifer water quality and geochemistry. OCWD and water retailers have been collaborating over the past several months in designing and building the program and anticipate the pilot will help as we try to solve the problem of PFAS in groundwater.
Carollo Engineers and OCWD launched its PFAS Treatment Systems Planning Study earlier this month and will begin meeting with individual retailers starting November 21.
OCWD’s Board of Directors will consider adopting the Per- and Polyfluorolkyl Substances Response Program Policy at its meeting tonight. The potential program was designed to financially assist retailers in complying with any new PFAS regulations. The meeting agenda can be viewed
OCWD also continues to work with other stakeholders throughout the state to share information and updates on PFAS issues. Upcoming events that District staff will participate in or attend include:
ACWA Fall Conference, December 3-6
State Water Resources Control Board PFAS Summit, December 4-5
NTP Webinar, December 12
For more information on upcoming events, please contact