NJ DEP Sets Formal Standard for PFASs

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Ridgewood Water wishes to inform its customers about new regulations from the New Jersey DEP, which recently established formal Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) requiring statewide testing of public drinking water systems for perfluorooctoanic acid (PFOA) and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA).  PFOA and PFNA are contaminants that belong to a class of man-made chemicals called PFASs.  PFASs are not found in the natural environment and have historically been used in nonstick cookware, upholstery, carpets, waterproof materials, fire-fighting materials, and food packaging.  PFASs do not break down easily and remain in the environment for a long period of time.

Ridgewood Water has been participating in DEP unregulated contaminant testing for PFASs since 2009.  Ridgewood Water has been proactively working to introduce treatment for PFASs in our system long before this announcement, beginning with the decommissioning of the Carr wells in Ridgewood in January 2017, which possessed the highest level of PFOA in the system.  Ridgewood Water is scheduled to install a Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filter to strip the water supply of PFASs, and we expect that the Carr facility will be back online producing treated water by the last quarter of 2018.  Ridgewood Water will be initiating a robust testing protocol by the end of 2017 to determine if other system locations require treatment.

Ridgewood Water applauds the NJ DEP for being the first state in the country to establish a formal MCL standard.  We look forward to making continued, proactive upgrades to the system and remain committed to providing our customers with high-quality drinking water.

Additional resources can be found below.

Sincerely,

Ridgewood Water

11/1/17 NJ DEP Press Release - http://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2017/17_0104.htm

Guidance for PFOA in Drinking Water - http://www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/pdf/pfoa_dwguidance.pdf

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