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PFAS: Contaminants of Emerging Concern

PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are persistent synthetic compounds used in a variety of industrial and consumer product applications including non-stick cookware and firefighting foams. The presence of PFAS compounds in source water and drinking water is of increasing public concern due to their widespread use and environmental persistence. The AWWA Briefing on PFAS  and other resources listed below provide information and guidance for water professionals challenged to address this emerging contaminant.


AWWA Resource page on PFAS: Click here


"Dark Waters,” a feature film centering on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), starring Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins, opened in select theaters beginning November 22. The plot centers on a corporate defense attorney taking on a lawsuit against DuPont to fight PFAS and their effect on the environment. 

While  water professionals have been discussing PFAS for many years, “Dark Waters” may be the first introduction to the issue for many consumers. Water utilities should therefore be prepared to answer consumer and media questions about PFAS arising from the movie.

The AWWA Briefing on PFAS is a new, 16-page tool designed to help water utility professionals explain PFAS to general audiences in a simple way.


AWWA NJ Position Statement on PFAS

Comments to NJDEP regarding PFAS/PFOA

Dedicated to Safe Water in New Jersey

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