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Posted on: July 24, 2020

Stuart featured in Florida Water Resources Journal for August 2020

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Stuart, FL - The City of Stuart has been featured in the August 2020 edition of the Florida Water Resources Journal for its state-of-the-art perfluorinated chemical treatment (PFC) facility, which came into operation last year. The monthly publication contains information and topics concerning Florida’s more than 3,000 domestic and 1,500 industrial wastewater facilities, its 7,000 drinking water systems, and a myriad of wetlands and other surface water agencies. The article featured on the cover for the August publication discusses in detail, the history of Stuart’s PFC contamination discovery and the proactive measures the City took isolate the contaminants while working towards a more permanent solution.

Perfluorinated chemicals, which are produced from organic compounds, have been found to have adverse impacts to human health over a lifetime of exposure. Identification and elimination of these sources of pollution is becoming a critical priority for governments and agencies across the nation. The discovery of PFC contaminants in Stuart occurred after a 2016 Environmental Protection Agency report indicated elevated levels of PFC’s during monitoring well testing.  At the time, city officials and staff worked diligently to isolate the PFC contamination and develop a long-term solution.  

Stuart’s PFC Treatment facility was commissioned in October 2018 for the purpose of removing these contaminants from the City’s raw water supply prior to the water’s introduction to traditional treatment, and subsequent distribution to utility customers.  The pre-treatment facility continues to remove PFC contaminants from Stuart’s water supply while improving overall water clarity and quality.  Since the PFC facility came into service, the City has also won multiple awards including the Florida Rural Water Association’s “2019 Best Tasting Drinking Water.”  

For more information on the Florida Water Resources Journal, please visit www.fwrj.com.
 

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