Peter Grevatt, Ph.D.
The Water Research Foundation
Peter Grevatt, Ph.D. is CEO of The Water Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. As the leading water research cooperative, WRF funds, manages, and publishes research on the technology, operation, and management of drinking water, wastewater, reuse, and stormwater systems—all in pursuit of ensuring water quality and improving water services to the public. With approximately 1,200 subscriber members in the U.S. and abroad, the Foundation has funded and managed over 2,300 projects valued at more than $700 million.
Dr. Grevatt has over 30 years of experience leading the implementation of public health and environmental protection programs including significant national leadership experience in the water sector. Most recently, he served as Director of EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) where he was responsible for ensuring the safety of the nation’s drinking water supply through the development and implementation of national drinking water standards, oversight and funding of state drinking water programs, and the implementation of source water protection and underground injection control programs.
Prior to joining OGWDW in 2012, Mr. Grevatt served as Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection and as Senior Advisor to EPA’s Administrator for Children’s Environmental Health. In addition, Mr. Grevatt has held leadership roles in EPA’s national hazardous waste and water quality programs. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Basic Medical Sciences from New York University Medical Center and earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
Compounds of Emerging Concern – A Research Perspective
As new methods and technologies allow us to more effectively detect chemicals and other substances at lower levels, we get a better picture of what’s in our water—zeroing in on substances that were either previously not detectable or were not sampled for. From medicine and personal care products to pesticides and PFAS, everyday activities result in many compounds winding up in our wastewater systems and potentially making their way into our water sources. And because we are just beginning to recognize their presence, there is uncertainty about their short- and long-term health effects, as well as the best processes to reduce or remove them. Join Dr. Peter Grevatt, CEO of The Water Research Foundation, as he provides a research update on compounds of emerging concern.