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Black & Veatch to Determine Cost of Pending PFAS Regulations on More Than 140,000 U.S. Drinking Water Systems

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Known as “forever chemicals” because they don’t easily biodegrade, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are drawing increased scrutiny from health agencies, utilities and the public for their presence in drinking water and their effects on human and environmental health. To help mitigate the issue, Black & Veatch has been selected by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to lead a project to develop national cost models for compliance with the first national drinking water standard for PFAS treatment in the United States, a policy that will impact each of the more than 140,000 public water systems.

Stable and highly resistant to heat, oil and water, PFAS are used in products from firefighting to food packaging to consumer goods. The characteristics that make them effective in products also allow them to migrate easily through soil and water and persist in the environment. According to Black & Veatch’s webinar from Black & Veatch, which reviews the chemistry and use of PFAS, discusses regulatory strategies and trends and analyzes the issue from the drinking water, wastewater/biosolids and utility perspectives.About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned global engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people around the world by addressing the resilience and reliability of our most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2020 exceeded US$3.0 billion. Follow us on

Publication date: 30/09/2021

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This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.