EPA Announces National Limits on PFAS in Drinking Water

Date: May 14, 2024

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on April 10th, for the first time ever, the final National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for six (6) PFAS, widely known as the “Forever Chemicals”.

The link to the full article can be found below:

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are widely used, long lasting chemicals, components of which break down very slowly over time. PFAS are found in many places, including drinking water, and have been linked to harmful health effects. The EPA expects that this final rule will prevent future PFAS exposure in drinking water for approximately 100 million people.

EPA finalized a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) establishing legally enforceable levels, called Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs), for six (6) PFAS in drinking water. See below chart:

Final EPA Rule Requirements:

  • Public water systems must monitor for these PFAS and have three (3) years to complete initial monitoring (by 2027), followed by ongoing compliance monitoring. Water systems must also provide the public with information on the levels of these PFAS in their drinking water beginning in 2027.
  • Public water systems have five (5) years (by 2029) to implement solutions that reduce these PFAS if monitoring shows that drinking water levels exceed these MCLs.
  • Beginning in five (5) years (2029), public water systems that have PFAS in drinking water which violates one or more of these MCLs must take action to reduce levels of these PFAS in their drinking water and must provide notification to the public of the violation. 

PFAS Funding Available!

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

This funding can be used for initial PFAS testing and treatment for public water systems!

SCE understands the financial burden capital projects bring to Municipal Clients, and as such we offer a team of funding professionals that specialize in Federal, State, and Local infrastructure funding programs. Our team has guided numerous Clients to secure financing packages through the State of New Jersey Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
 
Funding is available through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), as described in the amended State Fiscal Year 2025 (SFY25) Intended Use Plan (IUP). The Emerging Contaminants (including PFAS) funding category offers 100% Principal Forgiveness to a max of $2M per applicant per SFY on a first come first served basis.  
 
Take advantage of these cost-saving incentives and reach out to SCE to help guide you through the financing process for your capital improvement projects.

PFAS SERVICES OFFERED:

SCE can assist with providing the following services:

  • Funding Coordination & Assistance
  • Preliminary Cost Analysis for Water Treatment Modifications
  • Testing (Evaluation of exposure/risk for these chemicals)
  • Treatment Design & Removal:
    • Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Filtration
    • Ion Exchange
    • Advanced Oxidation
    • Membrane Filtration
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