University of Arizona's WEST Center
The WEST Center is a leading-edge venue focused on advanced water and wastewater treatment and monitoring, alternative energy and related technologies. WEST is co-located with Pima County's Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility and is adjacent to reclaimed water recharge basins and constructed wetlands – all of which compose a Water Reclamation Campus. WEST is unique in its ability to conduct the translational research necessary to advance the sustainable technologies of the future. With large portions of the United States currently affected by drought, WEST Center is poised to answer some of the nation's biggest questions about sustainable water and energy use.
The Interim Director of WEST Center is Kim Ogden, Ph.D., professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Interim Vice President for Research.
WEST Works to Build Citizens into Water Leaders
WEST Center, along with Tucson Water and Pima County Wastewater Reclamation Dept, launched a program this fall to showcase water treatment technology and educate the public about critical water issues.
Indige-FEWSS Interns Work at WEST Center
In Summer 2019, two undergraduate interns from Diné College worked with WEST researchers as part of a unique Indige-FEWSS (Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty) program experience.
National Water Reuse Action Plan Announced at WateReuse Symposium
During the Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Diego (Sept. 8-11, 2019), A new National Water Reuse Action Plan was announced. Over a thousand water and wastewater professionals gathered to learn from each other, share information, and make connections around issues of water reuse. WEST was there!
WEST Students and Members Recognized at 2019 AZ WateReuse Symposium
University of Arizona (UA) WEST members and students were well-represented at the Arizona WateReuse Symposium this July, 2019.
New Research uses Novel Smartphone-Based Technology to Detect Waterborne Pathogens
In a recently-published study, UA researchers – including several from WEST Center – used new technology to demonstrate a highly sensitive and field-applicable method for detecting viruses in water.
IDA World Congress 2019
Held in Dubai on October 20-24, 2019, the International Desalination Association's (IDA) World Congress will provide opportunities for networking, dialogue, and discussion to anyone engaged in advanced water treatment solutions.
AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) Water Quality Technology Conference will be held November 3-7, 2019 in Dallas, TX. The conference provides a "practical forum for a wide range of water technology professionals." Attendees will have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEU's) and interact with an array of water quality and technology exhibitors.
WEST Industry Meeting & Research Symposium
The 2019 University of Arizona WEST Center Industry Meeting and Research Symposium will be held on November 17-18 in Tucson, AZ. The event will bring together water industry professionals, engineering and microbiology researchers, and students to share findings, explore collaborative opportunities, and discuss future directions.