Artesian Water Company Leads in PFAS Treatment Ahead of New EPA Standards

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NEWARK, DE — Artesian Water Company, Inc., a key subsidiary of Artesian Resources Corporation (Nasdaq: ARTNA), is taking significant strides to ensure compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forthcoming drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). With the new maximum contaminant level (MCL) expected to be enforced by 2029, Artesian has already implemented PFAS treatment at ten of its facilities and plans to expand this to three more within the next year.

PFAS, often referred to as “forever chemicals” due to their persistence in the environment and the human body, have been linked to various health risks. The EPA’s move to set a definitive MCL for these substances marks a critical step in safeguarding public health. Artesian’s proactive approach, beginning a decade ago, positions the company well ahead of regulatory requirements, demonstrating its commitment to delivering safe, reliable water.

The company’s early adoption of advanced detection technologies has enabled more sensitive monitoring capabilities, allowing for the identification and treatment of PFAS at levels significantly lower than previously possible. This foresight has ensured that Artesian’s water systems remained below the EPA’s advisory levels for PFAS, even before the establishment of a formal MCL.

In addition to its technical preparedness, Artesian is actively seeking financial redress through participation in two multi-district class action settlements aimed at compensating public drinking water systems for the costs associated with PFAS contamination. These legal actions seek to attribute financial responsibility to the parties accountable for the contamination, potentially alleviating the cost burden on consumers.

Nicki Taylor, President of Artesian Water Company, Inc., emphasized the company’s dedication to customer safety and its pioneering role in addressing PFAS contamination. By investing in treatment technologies and pursuing legal avenues for cost recovery, Artesian aims to mitigate the impact of PFAS on its water supply and financial operations.

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As regulatory bodies tighten standards for water quality, Artesian’s early actions could serve as a model for other companies navigating the complexities of compliance and public health protection. The outcome of the class action settlements will be closely watched, as it may influence future strategies for managing the financial implications of environmental remediation efforts across the sector.

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