The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has announced an agreement with the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA) to direct $3M of Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) to test every public drinking water system in the state for PFAS. Arizona’s proactive sampling plan to meet EPA’s fifth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (December 2021) goes beyond U.S. EPA-required PFAS sampling for water systems serving more than 3,300 customers.
In Arizona, more than 90% of water systems serve less than 3,300 people. The state’s sampling plan calls on all public water systems that have not yet been tested by the state, U.S. EPA, or the public water system to undergo testing over the next year. The WIFA Arizona program expects funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law emerging contaminants Drinking Water and Clean Water SRF to assist with addressing any PFAS or other emerging contaminants found.