UA College of Engineering: $1.2 Million Grant Issued to Make Drinking Water Safer

A report in March from the University of Arizona College of Engineering revealed that the U.S. Department of Defense is funding a project that will allow a team of researchers led by chemical and environmental engineering professor Reyes Sierra to advance groundwater purification methods.

The report states: For decades, manmade chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, were used in everything from carpets to frying pans to firefighting chemicals for their ability to repel water and oil. That was before a wide array of negative health effects ranging from cancer and low birth weights to effects on the immune system were discovered in some kinds of PFAS.