AECOM, an infrastructure consulting firm, announced that it has been awarded a contract by the City of Madison, Wisconsin, Water Department to provide Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) solutions to municipal wastewater treatment facilities. potable water.
The project focuses on the city’s Well 15 where PFAS was discovered during voluntary testing in 2017, a Madison press release said. The well was then closed.
“Ensuring safe drinking water for everyone in our community is one of the city’s most important responsibilities, and we are committed to keeping Well 15 offline until we have a system of PFAS treatment or filtration,” said Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway. “The Madison Water Utility remains committed to testing, monitoring and communicating openly throughout this process. I commend federal and state government agencies for recognizing the importance of addressing PFAS pollution. We are prepared to do whatever we can to pursue this funding opportunity to build Wisconsin’s first municipal PFAS treatment facility.
According to City of Madison documents, the City of Madison Water Department is authorized to spend up to $375,000 on the engineering portion of the project.
AECOM, Dallas, will provide the engineering design for the installation of PFAS treatment systems and will upgrade the well equipment and building architecture. The final design will be tailored to meet the standards required by the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act (IIJA) and Wisconsin’s Safe Drinking Water Lending Program.
“Over the past two years, we’ve worked with more than a dozen Wisconsin customers to monitor and address this ‘everlasting chemical’ at sites across the state,” says Travis Boone, region general manager. AECOM’s Western United States. “As we continue to deliver lasting legacies in partnership with our customers, we are proud to apply our regional experience and industry-leading PFAS technical services to support this one-of-a-kind project, which will help Madison leverage the latest federal and state funds to continue to provide safe, high-quality drinking water to its residents.
To restore Well 15 operation and introduce treatment technologies, AECOM says it will use small-scale rapid column tests for PFAS and a redesign to incorporate PFAS treatment, upgrade controls, elements structural, HVAC systems and electrical components.
“PFAS contamination is one of the biggest environmental concerns of our time. As the global leader in PFAS solutions, we are proud to work with our customers to provide expanded capabilities that help mitigate this widespread and persistent threat,” said Rosa Gwinn, vice president and global technical lead for PFAS at AECOM. “Our close collaboration with Madison Water Utility and those it serves embodies our commitment to delivering projects that support the health of our communities, leave a lasting social impact, and help create a better world.”