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World Water Week: Deep Dive into Drinking Water Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Contaminants

World Water Week is Aug. 23 through Sept. 1.

This year’s conference is in Stockholm, Sweden, and is the best place to engage on global water issues. The entire week will be filled with new methods of managing man’s most precious resource: water. Whether you attend in person or online, you will be able to explore the latest water-related issues and challenges, the link between water and food insecurity, water saving techniques, and the emerging global awareness of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminants in drinking water.

In case you are new to PFAS, they are a large group of long-lasting chemicals used to make a wide variety of products waterproof, flame and stain-resistant, and non-stick. Unfortunately, PFAS have leaked into the environment, including our drinking water, and have been linked to adverse health effects. To address this, on June 15, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced four new PFAS drinking water health advisories and $1 billion in funding designed to support communities addressing PFAS issues.

If PFAS are already on your radar, you will remember that back in October 2021, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan released the agency’s PFAS Strategic Road Map to discuss the lifecycle of PFAS, upstream challenges, and prioritizing protection for disadvantaged communities. It all boiled down to three goals (research investment, PFAS restrictions, and remediation/clean-up measures) and several associated objectives. Looking to the future, the EPA is expected to release a proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation addressing PFAS in Fall 2022 with the final rule expected Fall 2023.

Is your community struggling with PFAS issues? If so, APTIM is your trusted partner and has a long history of providing solutions to PFAS challenges. We regularly evaluate, advise, and implement PFAS mitigation measures by delivering projects that support the health of our communities, reduce toxins, and make our home a better place to live today and in the future.

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Patti Toews
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