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:
- Emerging and unidentified PFASs
- Vulnerability of waters to PFASs and identification of sources and hotspots
- Management alternatives for PFASs
- Behavior, fate, and transport of PFASs in treatment
- Treatment and removal of PFASs
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:
- $2,386,437 to the Focus Area program
- $759,470 to the Emerging Opportunities program
- $759,479 to the Tailored Collaboration program
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 email@example.com or 303.734.3413 if you have any questions about Focus Areas or research funding.