AECOM to design Wisconsin’s first municipal PFAS treatment system

AECOM, an infrastructure consulting firm, announced that it has been awarded a contract by the City of Madison, Wisconsin Water Company to provide Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) solutions for municipal drinking water treatment plants.

The project is focused on the city’s Well 15, where PFAS was discovered during voluntary testing in 2017, according to a Madison press release. The fountain was then shut down.

“Ensuring safe drinking water for all members of our community is one of the city’s most important responsibilities, and we are committed to keeping Well 15 offline until we have a PFAS treatment or filtration system in place,” said Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway by Madison. “Madison Water Utility remains committed to testing, monitoring and open communication throughout this process. I commend federal and state governments for recognizing the importance of tackling PFAS pollution. We stand ready to do whatever we can to take advantage of this financing opportunity to build Wisconsin’s first municipal PFAS treatment facility.”

According to City of Madison documents, the City of Madison Water Company is entitled 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 upgrade downhole equipment and building architecture. The final design will be tailored to meet the requirements of the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Wisconsin Safe Drinking Water Loan Program.

“Over the past two years, we have worked with more than a dozen Wisconsin customers to monitor and manage this ‘perishable chemical’ at sites across the state,” said Travis Boone, chief executive of AECOM’s US West region. “As we continue to deliver lasting legacies in partnership with our customers, we are proud to apply our regional experience and industry-leading PFAS engineering services to support this unique project that will help Madison leverage the latest federal and… State funds to continue to provide safe, quality drinking water to its residents.”

To restore well 15 operations and introduce treatment technologies, AECOM says it will conduct small-scale rapid column testing for PFAS and a redesign to integrate PFAS treatment, upgrade of controls, structural elements, HVAC systems and electrical components .

“PFAS contamination is one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. As a global leader in PFAS solutions, we are proud to partner with our customers to deliver broad capabilities that help mitigate this pervasive and persistent threat,” said Rosa Gwinn, AECOM Vice President and Global Technical Lead for PFAS. “Our close collaboration with the Madison Water Utility and those it serves embodies our commitment to delivering projects that support the health of our communities, have lasting social impact and contribute to a better world.”

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