Microplastic Monitoring, Management, and Messaging throughout the Water Cycle


An ever-expanding body of research demonstrates the ubiquity of microplastics across the planet, from the deepest ocean trenches to the highest mountain peaks. The environmental and health effects of microplastics are not well-understood, and their occurrence in drinking water and wastewater garners significant concern among not only utilities and their customers, but also among legislators with an interest in monitoring.

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) remains at the forefront of this issue, with four active microplastics projects spanning a wide variety of key topics: Defining Exposures of Microplastics/Fibers in Treated Waters and Wastewaters: Occurrence, Monitoring, and Management Strategies (5088); Developing Strategic Consumer Messaging for Microplastics in Drinking Water Supplies (5155); Fate of Microplastics in Drinking Water Treatment Plants (5185); and Impact of Solid Stream Treatment on Microplastics in Biosolids (5221). This webcast will feature updates on all four of these projects, providing valuable insight on one of the most important emerging water quality and residuals stream contaminants.


  • Brent Alspach, PhD, PE, Director of Applied Research, Arcadis
  • Cayla Cook, PE, Principle Engineer, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Nicole Fahrenfeld, PhD, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University


  • Ashwin Dhanasekar, Research Program Manager, The Water Research Foundation