Why PFAS necessitates a One Water commitment

Sept. 21, 2023
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This webinar was originally held on September 21, 2023, and is now available for on demand viewing.

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The U.S. EPA released its occurrence data for the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 5 in July. The data represents 7% of the total results, but discovered 8.5% of public water systems had PFOS greater than the reference limit. Similarly, 7.8% of PWSs had PFOA greater than the reference limit. While this monitoring data is honed for drinking water, professionals in the clean water community — both wastewater and stormwater — also recognize the potential for PFAS’ presence in their streams, as well.

Addressing PFAS across the industry will require a one water approach and commitment. Professionals will need to break down the silos between market verticals to work together to address their presence in waterways to protect the public and meet EPA's proposed limits. In this webinar, utility executives and managers, engineers, and consulting engineers will get an overview of the challenges PFAS present to each market vertical — drinking water, wastewater and stormwater — followed by a discussion on where each vertical can work with the others to address the oft-referenced "forever chemicals" once and for all.


Al LeBlanc
Civil Engineer
CDM Smith

Al LeBlanc is a civil engineer with over 29 years of design and construction experience and is a registered professional engineer in 11 states. His work includes drinking water treatment in both the groundwater and surface water arenas, and he’s a national leader in the practical application of PFAS treatment having worked on over 50 PFAS studies, designs, and full-scale implementation projects spanning coast-to-coast from Maine to California.

Kyle Thompson
National PFAS Lead
Carollo Engineers

Kyle Thompson is a National PFAS Lead and a Reuse Lead Technologist at Carollo Engineers. His areas of expertise include PFAS, potable reuse, and machine learning. Kyle received his Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering in 2013 from Missouri University of Science & Technology as valedictorian and with honors. He received a Master of Science degree in civil engineering and a PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. He has a Professional Certificate in Data Science from Harvard University. Kyle previously worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and he is a registered Professional Engineer in Nevada.

Jonathan Meronek
Project Manager
SCS Engineers

Jonathan Meronek has been with SCS Engineers for more than 20 years and is a current State of California Industrial General Permit (IGP) Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner and Trainer-of-Record (QISP-ToR) and is the SCS Stormwater Practice Leader for the Southwest. With an eye to client's operational needs combined with long-term sustainable solutions, Meronek has managed Site BMP and Pollutant Source Assessments, written Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), and implemented Monitoring Implementation Plans (MIPs) for over one hundred (100) Facilities throughout California. He has performed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) storm water services for state, municipal and private clients across a vast cross-section of Industrial Sectors.