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Water Quality Division: Advisory Panel on Emerging Contaminants (APEC)

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The Advisory Panel on Emerging Contaminants (APEC) was formed by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to advise ADEQ and water utilities on matters concerning unregulated chemicals and pathogens in water. APEC will address chemicals and pathogens of emerging concern that threaten the continued safety of water like chemicals from pharmaceuticals and personal care products and pathogens like the Naegleria parasite, Legionella bacterium and Hepatitis A virus. The panel will provide a forum for open discussion, prioritization, and planning related to emerging contaminant issues of critical interest to the safe use of drinking water, reclaimed water, and recycled water in Arizona.

APEC Mission Statement

The mission of the Advisory Panel on Emerging Contaminants shall be to:

  1. Provide guidance on identifying and managing unregulated chemical and microbial contaminants in Arizona’s water so as to minimize risk to human health and the environment;
  2. Identify research opportunities and funding mechanisms to improve our understanding of emerging contaminant issues;
  3. Provide guidance on effectively communicating issues of unregulated chemical and microbial contaminants to the citizens of Arizona;
  4. Seek to become an influential voice for addressing unregulated chemical and microbial contaminants on a statewide basis and contributing to the national discussion.

Original Announcement

Additional Resources

  • DRAFT Emerging Chemical Contaminants of Concern in the State of Arizona’s Water -- (PDF)
  • DRAFT Emerging Waterborne Pathogens of Concern in the State of Arizona -- (PDF)
  • PRESENTATION Analysis of Microplastic Beads and their Removal at a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant -- (PDF)
  • PRESENTATION Prioritizing Compounds of Potential Concern at the Scottsdale (AZ) Campus -- (PDF)

Contact Information

  • Members and Staff -- (PDF)


APEC Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Presentations
May 8, 2015 The Advisory Panel on Emerging Contaminants (APEC): a progress report
October 10, 2014 Arizona’s Legacy and Leadership in Wastewater Reuse
September 27, 2013 Agenda Minutes City of Flagstaff - City Manager's Compounds of Emerging Concern Advisory Panel
SCAPR Update
Unregulated Chemical Contaminants
Outreach and Education Subcommittee
May 17, 2013 Agenda Minutes The Future of Potable Reuse in Arizona
February 15, 2013 Agenda Minutes Risk Assessment 101
December 7, 2012 Agenda Minutes Prioritization of Chemical Contaminants
Safe Drinking Water Program Overview
Emerging Microbial Issues
Emerging Contaminants: Tucson Water’s Approach