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Virtual Panel - Implications of the PFAS NEMP on Queensland Water Utilities

Icon of a calendar 16 Mar, 2022 | Small clock icon 5.00pm – 6.30pm AEST | Icon of a map pin Online via Zoom

PFAS have had a significant impact on Queensland Water Utilities, driving decisions around biosolids management and questioning viability of recycled water schemes. Join us for a virtual panel discussion to hear the perspectives of water utilities and researchers with expertise in biosolids and emerging contaminants.

The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) was endorsed by all of Australia’s Environment Ministers and provides nationally agreed guidance on the management of PFAS contamination in the environment, including prevention of the spread of contamination. The environmental management of the group of manufactured chemicals known as PFAS (per-and poly- fluoroalkyl substances) is a high priority for environmental regulators around Australia. This reflects the widespread presence of PFAS in the environment, its unusual chemical properties, the uncertainties associated with its potential risks, and the resulting need for a precautionary approach to protect the environment and human health.

The third iteration of the NEMP, known as the ‘PFAS NEMP 3.0’, is scheduled to be released for consultation in July 2022. The AWA Queensland Branch Committee, with support from the qldwater Consortium for Research and Advocacy on Contaminants (qCRAC) will host an expert panel to discuss the implication that the PFAS NEMP 3.0 is likely to have on Queensland Water Utilities. The panel will include representatives from Water Utilities in South East Queensland and Regional Queensland along with University Researchers and a robust conversation around the implications the current PFAS NEMP 2.0 is already having on the water industry and the goals for a circular economy.

qldwater members are invited to register for this online technical event at the AWA member rate. Organisations may wish to purchase a 'boardroom pass' for multiple participants from their organisation.

Event Details

Date Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Time 5:00pm - 6:30pm AEST
Venue Online via Zoom


Johanna Johnson (Facilitator), Sustainable Projects Lead, Logan City Council


Kelly Hopewell,
Coordinator - Process Engineering, City of Gold Coast and Chair ANZ Biosolids Partnership Technical Board

Lynne Powell,
Strategic Policy and Compliance Coordinator at Cairns Regional Council Water and Waste and member of qldwater Consortium for Research and Advocacy on Contaminants

Professor Damien Batstone,
Deputy Director (Education), Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology, University of Queensland 

Professor Jochen Mueller,
ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences, University of Queensland


This is is an online technical event, brought to you by the AWA Queensland Branch Committee and supported by the Queensland Water Directorate - qldwater. qldwater members are invited to register at the AWA member rate.

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Online Registration

AWA or qldwater Member - Online Registration - $25

Non-Member - Online Registration - $40

Boardroom Pass - $150


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