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
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.
Water Reuse Technology arrives at WEST
The complete advanced water purification system - formerly part of the Pima County Water Innovation Challenge "beer truck" - was moved into WEST Center in late July 2020. The technology will be available for a variety of experiments at the University of Arizona facility.
WEST investigates coronavirus detection and inactivation in wastewater
In an article published in World Water in July/Aug 2020, WEST researchers explain how coronavirus form contributes to function, and confirm that coronaviruses are eliminated more easily by wastewater treatment processes than viruses traditionally associated with waterborne disease.
Magnetic Fields found to Improve Chlorine Efficiency in Pool Water
In a recent study at WEST Center, researchers Aidan Foster and Dr. Ian Pepper examined the potential for magnetic fields to reduce chlorine demand in water disinfection. Findings are especially significant as they can reduce costs for homeowners and commercial pools.
Water Innovation Summit 2020
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: The fourth annual Water Innovation Summit, held in conjunction with Water Innovation Week in San Franscisco, CA was scheduled for March 26, 2020. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the event has been postponed until further notice.
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.