WateReuse Arizona Annual Meeting
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: WEBCAST: Update on the Advisory Panel on Emerging Contaminants (APEC), Presented by Dan Quintanar, Tucson Water & Chuck Graf, AZ Dept of Environmental Quality
- 12:15 – 1:30 PM: AZ Section Annual Business Meeting & Election of Officers
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) formed the Advisory Panel on Emerging Contaminants (APEC) in 2012. ADEQ tasked the advisory panel to produce a comprehensive report describing the status of emerging contaminants in Arizona’s waters. The report entitled Emerging Contaminants in Arizona’s Water was compiled to document the most recent available information on emerging contaminants in Arizona’s water supplies. Emerging contaminants include many chemicals and pathogenic microorganisms. According to the Chemical Abstract Services more than 65 million chemicals products are available commercially and approximately 15,000 new chemicals are added per day. (www.cas.org). This report documents the issues surrounding emerging contaminants in Arizona’s waters such as the current federal and state regulatory guidelines, useful information and resources that water utilities and the public can use to enhance their understanding of this issue using focused communication methods to augment educational and outreach efforts.
Daniel R. Quintanar is a Project Manager for the City of Tucson Water Department’s Strategic Initiatives Division. Dan has more than 20 years of experience conducting environmental, chemical and microbiological analyses of surface water, groundwater, recycled water and drinking water. He manages collaborative and innovative research studies for Tucson Water focusing on:
- Scenario planning for water distribution and infrastructure systems
- Monitoring and detecting emerging contaminants
- Development of online and hand-held monitoring technologies to detect contaminants
- Developing risk communication methods and messages addressing emerging contaminants
- Creating and launching public education programs
Dan is Co-Chair of the Pima County Dispose-A-Med Partnership and liaison to the USEPA’s Water Laboratory Alliance for the State of Arizona. Dan is also the Chair of the Education and Outreach Subcommittee for the Advisory Panel on Emerging Contaminants (APEC).
Chuck Graf is a Principal Hydrogeologist in the Water Quality Division of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). From 2006-2009, he served as an Associate Director of the Arizona Water Institute. Prior to that, from 1998-2006, he was Deputy Director of the Water Quality Division at ADEQ. He has a degree in Engineering Science from Arizona State University and is a Registered Geologist in Arizona. During his career, Mr. Graf has directed groundwater, surface water, and drinking water quality assessment, protection, cleanup, and regulatory activities.