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Elk Grove Water District Proactive in Monitoring for PFAS

Apr 25, 2024 09:48AM ● By Elk Grove Water District News Release
ELK GROVE, CA (MPG) - In a significant development for public health and environmental protection, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced nationwide limits on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), marking a pivotal moment in water quality regulation. PFAS, often referred to as "forever chemicals," due to their persistent nature, have raised concerns for their potential health impacts and widespread environmental contamination.
Previously prevalent in various consumer products such as nonstick cookware and firefighting foams, PFAS has been linked to a range of health issues, including cancer and heart disease. 
The EPA's new federal maximum contaminant levels, set at 4 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA and PFOS, and 10 ppt for three other PFAS chemicals, are a crucial step in addressing groundwater contamination from PFAS.
The Elk Grove Water District (EGWD) stands as a commendable example of proactive compliance with these stringent standards. 
Even before the EPA's announcement, the Elk Grove Water District had been diligently monitoring its water sources for PFAS contamination. Following the California State Water Resources Control Board's statewide order in 2022, the Elk Grove Water District undertook quarterly testing of its water wells, surpassing the required mandate.
The Elk Grove Water District voluntarily expanded its testing scope, examining all seven active water wells for PFAS presence, not just the four mandated by the State Water Board. 
This approach underscores the water district's commitment to water quality and public safety.  The results from all seven wells are in full compliance with the EPA’s new PFAS standards.  
Elk Grove Water District General Manager Bruce Kamilos said, “Ensuring EGWD is compliant with current drinking water regulations is the single most important element to operating the public water system. 
"As required by law, EGWD publishes all its water quality data in a Consumer Confidence Report once per year. Our customers can be confident that the water they are drinking meets all state and federal requirements.”
As communities nationwide grapple with the challenges posed by PFAS contamination, the Elk Grove Water District's proactive measures serve as a beacon of responsible stewardship and environmental protection. 
The water district remains steadfast in its commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of its residents, setting a commendable example for water agencies across the country.