July 31, 2018
The Global Water Research Coalition in partnership with the Water Services Association of Australia and WaterRA held an International workshop on PFAS chemicals in the water industry on July 8. The workshop was part of the Singapore International Water Week held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. Seven countries were represented and the workshop provided country overviews of the extent of the impact of PFAS on the water industry in that country. The workshop brought GRWC members, partners and experts together to discuss research activities and research collaboration opportunities and share their knowledge, facts and collaborate on common tasks in this field. Although PFAS is of varying concern across the globe, the importance of these chemicals and the potential risk was well identified. It was agreed that the industry as a whole should take a common position and support collaborative efforts in addressing the health, environmental and business risks, the treatment and disposal methods and regulation and monitoring requirements. The workshop outcomes will be combined with the results of a recent global survey and a survey with the Australian water sector to produce a State-of-Knowledge report later in the year. WaterRA would like to thank our partners, the GWRC and WSAA, and all of the workshop participants. A special thank you to PUB for hosting, supporting and catering the workshop. For further information please contact Ian Overton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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