Airport Expansion PFAS Treatment

Case Studies / 2 October 2020 by Griffin Dewatering /
Credit : Griffin Dewatering

Griffin Successfully Lowered Groundwater to 35 feet below ground surface & Pioneers Successful Treatment of EPA’s Contaminants of Emerging Concern.


Construction of a new deicing facility at the airport required lowering groundwater more than 35 ft. for an excavation approximately 250 x 200 ft. During the start of the dewatering project, the groundwater was found to contain perfluorinated alkyl acids (PFAS) which are among EPA’s list of emerging contaminants. The PFAS family of chemicals is made up of various long and short chain compounds, that are often difficult to treat. A sophisticated water treatment system was needed to discharge any water from the site. 


To obtain the required drawdown, 20 deep wells were installed to 50 ft. surrounding the Soil Nail and Shotcrete shoring system. 1-2 HP submersible pumps were installed in each well. The entire system pumped approximately 500 GPM and provided water level drawdown to more than 35 ft. below ground surface for the duration of the project.
To treat the water for discharge, Griffin applied an innovative mix of filtration media to treat for both long and short chain PFAS. The system continuously handled the 500 GPM flow from the dewatering wells. The treated water was comprehensively tested and the PFAS were reduced to non-detectable levels at the end of the treatment train.

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