University of Arizona's WEST Center
WEST Center facilitates innovative research and technology development to ensure sustainable water supplies that protects and promotes environmental and human health. Critical to WEST’s success is the partnership between the University of Arizona, the private sector, utilities, and the community at large.
Features of the WEST Center:
- State-of-the-art facility for new water and energy technology evaluation
- Provides world class expertise in:
- Environmental microbiology & environmental engineering
- Technology development for reduced energy use in water treatment
- In line real-time sensors for water treatment technologies
- A leading center in emerging chemical and microbial contaminants
- Community monitoring of infectious agents for pandemic prevention and prediction
- Co-located with Wastewater Reclamation Facility allows for direct access to online variable water qualities for flow-through experiments
State Awards $500K for Yuma Wastewater Testing
Following the proven laboratory procedures of the WEST Center, an innovative partnership in Yuma County will receive $500K to provide early detection of COVID-19 through wastewater testing.
$0.5M grant will fund research to improve health and safety at farmers markets
A USDA-funded 1-year collaborative project will study coronaviruses on contact surfaces at farmers markets, determine safe practices, and provide guidance to small producers to improve local health and safety.
WEST – a key component of the environmental community at UArizona
As part of the University’s “Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR),” WEST Center is one of numerous stand-out programs and facilities dedicated to solving environmental challenges and ensuring community health and sustainability.
Wastewater testing at UArizona stops coronavirus spread; garners national attention
Sounding an early warning, WEST Center helped stop a potential coronavirus outbreak at UArizona through testing campus wastewater.
WEST monitors wastewater to keep campus safe
As the University of Arizona opens for classes and research this fall, a team from WEST Center will monitor wastewater for early detection of COVID-19 on campus.
Arizona Science: How investigating wastewater can help solve the COVID-19 crisis
Scientists are searching for evidence of the coronavirus everywhere, including sewage treatment plants. In an interview for NPR's Arizona Science, WEST Center director Ian Pepper says looking for COVID-19 in this unlikely location could help predict when and where to expect the next outbreak.
Save the Date for ACE21, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference. The event is planned for June 13-16, 2021 in San Diego, CA, and will provide a forum for sharing research, case studies and insights on topics such as PFAS and policy changes, overcoming obstacles to water supply management, and managing emerging contaminants.