PFAS: Contaminants of Emerging Concern

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PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are persistent synthetic compounds. They are used in a variety of industrial and consumer product applications including non-stick cookware, firefighting foams, fast food packaging, and pesticides due to their resistance to heat, water, and oil. The presence of PFAS in source water and drinking water is of increasing concern to water professionals due to their widespread use and environmental persistence. Continued exposure to high levels of specific PFAS can lead to adverse health effects.





Technical Committee Engagement

AWWA members are recognized globally for their industry expertise and their generosity in sharing that expertise for a better world through better water. AWWA members participate in committee activities, developing conference programs, writing technical manuals, developing standards, creating educational content and contributing to AWWA publications. Committee members primarily interact through conference calls, emails, and face to face meetings at conferences and events. Access more information on volunteering for an AWWA committee.

The following committees are active in addressing PFAS issues:


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