Addressing PFAS in Orange County

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of thousands of manmade chemicals that are used to make carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, food packaging, cookware, and other materials to make them non-stick and/or resistant to water, oil, and stains. They are also used in a number of industrial processes and firefighting activities.

OCWD’s Philip L. Anthony Water Quality Laboratory became the first public agency laboratory in California to achieve state certification to analyze for PFAS in drinking water. OCWD and the water retailers it serves provide some of the cleanest drinking water in the world, and OCWD is committed to ensuring that the community is knowledgeable and has the resources available to understand local water quality. We invite you to learn more by reading our fact sheet, quarterly update, federal PFAS priorities, and through the resources below: