In December 2017, the Board voted to add one new Focus Area relating to poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in water to WRF’s principal research program. The new Focus Area may evaluate one or more of the below objectives:

The Water Research Foundation has existing resources on PFASs. Treatment Mitigation Strategies for Poly- and Perfluorinated Chemicals (project #4322), which includes a report and archived Webcast, contains a detailed literature review on PFASs as well as results of an in-depth treatment study conducted on waters from 13 treatment plants in the United States. A State of the Science document on PFASs based on this work and other references is also available.

The Board also approved $4.01 million in funding for research in 2018. The funding is split between Denver’s research programs as follows:

Our newly integrated organization will maintain all current research programs during 2018, and a new consolidated research program will be rolled out in 2019. Stay tuned for details!

Please contact John Albert, Chief Research Officer, at or 303.734.3413 if you have any questions about Focus Areas or research funding.