The PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water have recently been a hot topic in the news across the globe. How much of a risk do PFAS chemicals pose for drinking water supplies? Learn about the latest thinking, research and developments on PFAS in potable water production and distribution systems.

This masterclass will consider and discuss the latest information on the problem of PFAS in drinking water. This will cover the extent of the problem, where the PFAS comes from, their chemical characteristics, how they get into drinking water sources and their removal efficiency using conventional and advanced treatment. We will explain how different PFAS chemical structures define how well they can be removed from water and the implications of widescale PFAS treatment technology on the water industry. We will also describe the current methodologies used for the analysis of PFAS and consider the latest information on the health impacts of PFAS  on the human body.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationHalf day (09:00 am - 12:30 pm) Registration at 9am
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost


    10% discount off registration fee for Water and Wastewater Network members.

Course structure

Online lecture style sessions.

What you will learn

This masterclass will provide state-of-the-art knowledge on PFAS in water. You will learn about the occurrence, fate, and transport of PFAS in the water cycle and understand how different PFAS are removed by different water treatment processes (both conventional and advanced). We will cover sampling strategies and instrumental methods for quantitative monitoring of PFAS. We will explain the resources required for implementing PFAS removal processes, alongside the resource implications this may have.  

Core content

  • Implications of implementing PFAS removal,
  • Definition and classification of PFAS,
  • Chemical properties of PFAS and their link with environmental fate,
  • A brief review of the known health impacts of PFAS exposure,
  • Occurrence of PFAS in water environments,
  • Removal of PFAS by water treatment processes (conventional processes, activated carbon and alternative adsorbents, ion-exchange, membrane processes and other advanced processes).

Who should attend

This masterclass is aimed at all researchers, scientists, engineers and managers who have an interest in water quality and the latest issues the sector is facing. No specific experience is required other than a general understanding of water treatment and supply.  

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