Current Research

Stay tuned for more updates about our exciting new research projects!

Standardizing Methods for Drinking Water

We are participating in an international methods standardization effort to improve the precision and accuracy of currently utilized methods for analyzing microplastics in drinking water. In 2019, Assembly Bill 1422 was passed, requiring the State of California Water Resources Control Board to define microplastics in drinking water and recommend standardized protocols for assessing the amount of microplastics. The Moore institute will be one of 34 laboratories from around the world using various methods to analyze samples with known amounts of these minute particles. The results will be used to inform the State Water Board in making recommendations to drinking water providers who will be required to test their drinking water. Through engagement in this study, we look forward to becoming one of the first laboratories certified by the State of California to do these analyses.