3M Settlement with Public Water Suppliers Finalized

A nationwide settlement between 3M and public water suppliers (PWS) regarding PFAS ("forever chemicals") contamination has been finalized by a US District Court.


This settlement offers financial assistance to PWS facing PFAS contamination in their water systems.  The agreement covers past, present, and future PFAS detection, providing a broader scope of support.  Payments are expected to begin in Q3 2024, aiding in remediation efforts.


Key details:

  • The settlement has a pre-tax present value of up to $10.3 billion, payable over 13 years.
  • While the settlement amount is capped at $12.5 billion, the final payout may be lower.
  • The agreement calls for payouts through 2036. 


The Water Report will continue monitoring the settlement process and how to access these funds for PFAS remediation efforts so stay tuned. 

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Shaina Shay is an accomplished water professional with over a decade of experience in water policy, management, conservation, and community outreach. Her passion for pragmatic information sharing drives her work across the U.S. and Australia, where she has held roles with investor-owned utilities and as a senior water market specialist. Shaina's commitment to the field is reflected in her leadership positions within the American Water Works Association (AWWA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Southern Arizona Water Users Association (SAWUA).