The Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) actively manages the local groundwater basin to deliver clean, reliable drinking water to 2.5 million customers every day. OCWD and the retail water agencies in its service area are committed to operating in compliance with all state and federal guidelines and regulatory requirements.

PFAS are man-made chemicals prevalent in the environment and commonly used in many consumer products. Through an ongoing investigation, California and many other states have found that PFAS chemicals, such as PFOA and PFOS have made their way into our local groundwater, including near airports and military bases where these chemicals are commonly used.

OCWD and local water retailers are actively engaged with federal and state regulators and elected and appointed officials on this issue. As part of its commitment to transparency, OCWD provides regular PFAS updates to community stakeholders. 

For more background information, please see the materials below: