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Call for papers open for AWWA Water Science special issue on PFAS

Bridging the gap between theory and practice for safe, sustainable water

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) will publish an upcoming topical collection in AWWA Water Science to capture the present state of the science on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) analytical methods and approaches to their treatment and disposal. Manuscripts can be submitted for consideration by April 16. 

The topical collection aims to provide a forum to improve understanding of the challenges and solutions related to PFAS analytical methods and treatment and to capture knowledge gaps to chart a course for future research.

The topical collection is being organized by guest editors Michelle Crimi and Tom Speth. Crimi has been the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI for several research projects focused on treating emerging contaminants. Speth has researched water treatment for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1986. He also served as a Trustee for AWWA's Water Quality & Technology Division, associate editor of Journal of Environmental Engineering and as a member of Journal AWWA’s editorial advisory board. He is currently serving on AWWA’s Water Science and Research Division as Past Chair.

“This is an exciting opportunity and it is timely to showcase technologies and approaches that will serve our practicing community to better understand and address an array of PFAS challenges,” said Crimi. 

“The upcoming collection of work will be of great help for those utilities that are dealing with PFAS and will serve as a benchmark for defining future data needs for the industry,” said Speth.

In addition to general research topics related to the state of the science of PFAS, submitted topics may include: 

  • Occurrence of PFAS in source waters and wastewaters 
  • Novel detection / sensor approaches or devices 
  • Novel analytical approaches 
  • Fate and transport of PFAS 
  • Long-term costs of treatment technologies 
  • Comparative assessment of treatment technologies 
  • Effectiveness of novel treatment technologies 
  • Treatment of residuals streams 
  • Effects and co-removal of other contaminants during PFAS treatment
  • Regulatory requirements and compliance 
  • Unintended consequences of treatment selections 
  • Socioeconomic aspects of residuals disposal 
  • Communications and outreach 

Editorial questions, manuscript preparation or technical questions can be sent to aws@awwa.org

Michelle Crimi, PhD—Clarkson University
Thomas F. Speth, PhD, PE—US Environmental Protection Agency

Zaid K. Chowdhury, PhD—Garver
Eric Dickenson, PhD—Southern Nevada Water Authority
Jennifer Guelfo, PhD—Texas Tech University
Detlef Knappe, PhD—North Carolina State University
Andrea Leeson, PhD—Department of Defense
Jinxia Liu, PhD—McGill University

AWWA Water Science is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes original, refereed (peer-reviewed) research on the science, engineering, and social aspects of water.

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