With states and the federal government edging closer toward PFAS regulations, it’s only a matter of time before municipalities will be required to address the contaminant. As the rules evolve, PFAS promises to be a moving target for a long time.
Because they accumulate in humans and do not break down naturally in the environment, PFAS are often cited as “forever chemicals”. The contaminants, which were once used in industrial operations and as an element of firefighting foam at military bases, have found their way into source water throughout the country.
Understanding the scope of the problem and the potential treatment options is the key for water utility managers to be in the best position to maintain compliance.