University of Arizona's WEST Center
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
- Direct access to online variable water qualities for flow-through experiments
- Real time assays for human pathogenic virus
- Quantitative real time assays for soil health
Sewage Surveillance: WEST tests wastewater for Coronavirus
With advanced laboratory capabilities and expertise in Coronavirus research, WEST is initiating a monitoring program to allow Coronavirus sewage surveillance. Sewage monitoring will allow communities to evaluate the presence of the virus and ensure safety of wastewater treatment workers.
WEST Researchers gear up for Irrigation Study
Construction of a greenhouse at WEST Center will be closely followed by the launch of a new study with importance to agriculture and public health. The study seeks to quantify die-off rates of several pathogens associated with foodborne illnesses from leafy greens.
WEST faculty win Phoenix Water research grants
Awarded in early 2020, two $120K research grants from Phoenix Water will support Environmental Engineering research at WEST Center. Respectively led by Dr. Achilli and Dr. Hickenbottom, the projects will investigate strategies to increase reverse osmosis (RO) efficiency and achieve near zero liquid discharge (ZLD) in water reuse.
UA Research: Synthetic Chemicals (PFAS) Migrate Slowly Through Soils
According to UA research, reported levels of PFAS in groundwater could be "just the tip of the iceberg," as most of the chemicals are still migrating down slowly through the soil. In a recently-published study, UA faculty in Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences demonstrate how the synthetic chemicals (PFAS) migrate through the vadose zone using a newly-developed mathematical model.
Center for Produce Safety Visits WEST
In late January 2020, representatives from the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) in California visited the WEST Center. A CPS-funded study investigating pathogen movement in irrigation waterways is in progress at WEST.
UA Study Looks at Survival of Coronaviruses in Water and Wastewater
In a study published in late 2008, WEST researchers measured the survival of coronaviruses in water and wastewater. Coronavirus research is especially significant at this time as the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) raises public health concerns worldwide.
AZ Water 2020 Annual Conference
The AZ Water Association's 2020 Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held July 21-23, 2020, in Phoenix, AZ. The three-day event is designed to provide professional development, continuing education, and technology transfer to support AZ Water's vision of “a vibrant Arizona through safe, reliable water”.
2020 Arizona Water Reuse Symposium
The 2020 Arizona WateReuse Symposium will be held in Flagstaff, AZ, from July 26-28, 2020. The symposium is organized by WaterReuse Arizona and the AZ Water Association Reuse Committee as “an exchange of information and experience related to water reuse planning, implementation, and operations” for Arizona water professionals.
WRRC Annual Conference 2020
The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) invites participants to engage in exciting water discussions during it's 2020 annual conference, "Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years." The conference will be held at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ, and will take stock of the last forty years of water management in Arizona as well as look to the future." The conference is being rescheduled from March 27 to late August 2020 (exact date TBD).