ASDWA PFAS Lab Testing Primer

The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) released the enclosed document “Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Laboratory TestingPrimer for State Drinking Water Programs and Public Water Systems.” (ASDWA-PFAS-Lab-Testing-Primer_2020-10-20)

Text copied from the introduction:

“This document provides guidance on how state drinking water programs can work with laboratories to test per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water samples collected from public water systems. The document provides information on:

1) Selecting an analytical method;

2) Finding a qualified laboratory;

3) Specifying a PFAS list and the form that each PFAS needs to be reported in;

4) Specifying reporting limits;

5) Sample collection procedures;

6) Technical issues that cause variability in testing results;

7) Interpreting results; and

8) USEPA’s ongoing work to develop new analytical methods”

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Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.